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Waste Management: WEEE Directive

Volume 691: debated on Thursday 26 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have made for the implementation of individual producer responsibility for electrical and electronic products placed on the market later than 13 August 2005, as required by article 8.2 of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. [HL3284]

The Government are committed to the principles of individual producer responsibility and will continue to work with producers of electrical and electronic equipment 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.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What consideration they have given to the effect that implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive in the United Kingdom will have upon product design. [HL3285]

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive encourage producers of electrical and electronic equipment to consider the design of new products to facilitate environmentally sound treatment and reprocessing when the 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).

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What actions they have taken to encourage the design and production of electrical and electronic equipment which take into account and facilitate dismantling and recovery, as required by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. [HL3286]

Article 4 of the directive is implemented through Regulation 59 of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006 (SI 3289).

The Government recognise the importance of design in the sustainability agenda and will be monitoring the position closely.