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WEEE recast update

On 14 February 2014 the deadline for transposing the new WEEE (Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive 2012/19/EU expired. Currently 7 countries have transposed the WEEE recast into national law. After Bulgaria, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the UK and Italy, Ireland has released a copy of the WEEE Regulations S.I. No 149 of 2014 on March 29th (new EU WEEE regulations 2014).

Main changes of the Irish law are:

  • Increase in the amount of WEEE to be collected for recycling: from 2016 45% by weight comparison of what is placed on the market and this will increase to 65% from 2019.
  • The visible fee may be shown separately on the invoice as of 1 July 2014. The following wording must then be used: “included in this price is a contribution to the recycling costs of [amount of environmental management cost]”
  • Dual Use Equipment: B2C, WEEE from private households, definition is expanded. “Waste from EEE likely to be used by both private households and users other than private householders, shall be considered B2C”.

Other national laws are expected in the coming months.

Please keep an eye on our website for further announcements regarding the WEEE recast.

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