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Policy Issue

Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

Policy Isssue

Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

Basic information

State of play

The Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive aims to contribute to sustainable production and consumption. It:

  1. Requires the separate collection and proper treatment of WEEE and sets targets for their collection as well as for their recovery and recycling
  2. Helps European countries fight illegal waste exports more effectively by making it harder for exporters to disguise illegal shipments of WEEE
  3. Reduces the administrative burden by calling for the harmonisation of national EEE registers and of the reporting format

Notably air conditioning equipment, dehumidifying equipment, and heat pumps fall within the scope of Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

The Commission has recently published a call for evidence for the evaluation of the WEEE Directive which was open until 2 November 2022. The evaluation of the WEEE Directive is expected to provide evidence on whether the Directive is still fit for purpose, to explore any untapped potential for simplification and burden reduction as well as help determine whether a review is needed. The Public Consultation should open soon.



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