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Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of the effect of UK implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment on product design. (144039)

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive encourage producers of electrical equipment to consider design of new products to facilitate environmentally sound treatment and reprocessing when equipment reaches its end of life.

The UK has addressed this issue through regulation 59 of the waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006 (SI 3289).

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many electronics producers have recycling obligations under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations which come into force on 1 July; and how many of these are registered with a WEEE compliance scheme. (142770)

The regulatory impact assessment issued alongside the WEEE Regulations estimated that there could be up to 7,000 producers with obligations under the WEEE Regulations which place around 2 million tonnes of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) on the UK market annually.

To date over 3,100 producers have registered in the UK representing all the major producers with a combined sales of just under 2 million tonnes of EEE sales. This total compares well with levels of producers registered in other European member states and we are confident that we have captured the bulk of UK obligated producers in terms of sales.

The Government do recognise that there are a number of small producers who have yet to register. The DTI in conjunction with the environment agencies will therefore continue to promote the WEEE Regulations and encourage these producers into the UK WEEE system.