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Entered into force a new EU directive on the disposal of electronic waste


PRAGUE (MEDIAFAX) - Improved rules concerning the collection and processing of electronic waste entering into force on Monday. The new directive should give Member States the means to more effectively combat the illegal export of waste.

Illegal shipment of electronic waste is a by the European Commission (EC) has a serious problem, especially when carried out under the guise of legal transport device used to circumvent the EU rules on waste management.

Under the new directive will be obliged exporters to test whether the device is functional or not, and will have to provide evidence of the nature of consignments suspected of infringement. Another improvement is expected to reduce the administrative burden through the harmonization of national requirements for registration and reporting.

Electronic waste is one of the fastest growing types of waste and provides significant potential for introduction of secondary raw materials market. Can it is recycled materials such as gold, silver, copper and precious metals that are used in televisions, laptops or mobile phones.

The Directive thus introduces to 2016 collection target of waste corresponding to 45 percent of sales of electronic equipment. As a second step will be to pay by the year 2019 target of 65 per cent sold equipment or 85 percent of electronic waste produced. Member States will be able to decide which of these two alternative ways of measuring goals they reported. Since 2018, the current limited scope of the Directive extends the previous assessment of the impact on all categories of electronic waste.

"In times of economic instability and rising raw material prices is a combination of effective use of resources benefits the environment and innovative growth opportunities. Now we have to open up new avenues for collecting electronic waste and improve efficiency of existing ones. I urge Member States to achieve these new targets before the formal period, "said European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik.

Member States will have their legislation to align with the new directive and the new target by 14 February 2014.

Currently in the EU collects separate collection only one third of electrical and electronic waste.

Miroslav Kyncl, kyncl@mediafax.cz

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