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Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received from non-governmental organisations on individual producer responsibility and the transposition of article 8.2 of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. (134384)

[holding answer 27 April 2007]: The DTI’s consultation in July 2006 prompted 15 responses from non-government organisations on the issue of producer responsibility and Individual producer responsibility.

The Government are committed to the principles of Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR) and will continue to work with producers of EEE to establish a workable and cost effective process for IPR in the UK.

The Government will also be considering how IPR is being addressed by other member states as part of the review of the WEEE Directive by the European Commission due to begin in 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on the implementation of article 8.2 of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. (134385)

[holding answer 27 April 2007]: DTI representatives have discussed article 8.2 of the WEEE Directive which introduces individual producer responsibility with the EU on several occasions as part of the UK’s implementation process.

DTI officials will continue to address this issue with the Commission and other member states as part of the review of the Directive scheduled to begin in 2008.