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Broadcasting: Analogue Radios

Volume 712: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how, in the event of the cessation of analogue radio broadcasting, analogue radios of no further use will be disposed of; and whether they will have to be dismantled into constituent components. [HL4431]

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the event of the cessation of analogue radio broadcasting, the disposal of analogue radios of no further use will come under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive; and, if so, who will have the duty to dispose of them. [HL4432]

Under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations, householders can dispose of any WEEE, including analogue radios, either direct to distributors where they offer a take-back service on the purchase of a replacement product of equivalent use; or via local authority civic amenity sites which have been approved as designated collection facilities (DCFs).

Under the WEEE regulations, all producers of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) have obligations to finance the collection, treatment, reprocessing and environmentally sound disposal of all separately collected products when disposed of by the householder.

All separately collected WEEE must be passed to an authorised approved treatment facility (AATF) which is responsible for treating equipment to approved treatment standards as required by the regulations.