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Television: Waste Disposal

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what restrictions there are on the export of television sets forming part of a local authority's household waste under the provisions of the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. (259287)

Article 6 of the waste electrical and electronic equipment directive (WEEE) requires that the shipment of any WEEE, including waste television sets, between member states or out of the Community for treatment should be in compliance with the EC Waste Shipments Regulation (EC/2006/1013). The controls that apply depend on the classification of the waste and the destination country. In practice, waste televisions may be sent for recovery only to other countries which are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD countries”).