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WEEE Directive

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the preparedness of companies for the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive; what advice he has issued to those industries affected; and if he will make a statement. (112204)

[holding answer 30 January 2007]: Large producers and retailers are aware of their obligations under the WEEE regulations, but there is a perception that awareness among SMEs could be better. This has and continues to be tackled on a number of fronts: through direct dialogue with trade associations and other representative bodies of businesses affected by the regulations; by trade associations themselves taking a proactive approach to disseminating information on the requirements of the regulations; through targeted articles in trade press; and by holding regional seminars to help producers and retailers better understand their obligations.

DTI will issue non-statutory guidance shortly which will add clarity to the regulations and help stakeholders to make informed decisions on how best to discharge their obligations.