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Benefits and problems from the EU membership.


Postby devil » Mon Feb 14, 2005 4:43 pm

Some time ago, the EU promulgated a directive called Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE). It is quite long and complicated but essentially it says that Member States have to organise an infrastructure to ensure that 4 kg of used electrical/electronics are collected annually, free of charge, from every household (this could also be central collecting points in every community). Industrial electrical and electronics waste also has to be collected, but on a paying basis. 75% of the weight of all collected waste has to processed and recycled. This enters into force on 1 July 2006.

Of course, Brussels can fine member states that do not comply.

I read today:
Regulation 68-204 transposing the RoHS and WEEE Directives was approved
by Parliament on 30 July 2004
Financing of WEEE from households:
Producers, not local authorities, are required to finance collection and
sorting as well as transportation and treatment of WEEE from households.
Local authorities are not obliged to collect WEEE.
National Register:
Producers must register with the Environment Service of the Ministry of
Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment.
System requirements:
A joint system is to be approved by the Environment Committee, which
consists of representatives of several Ministries.
No meetings have as yet been scheduled to prepare for implementation of
the new Regulation.
There are no producers of electronic equipment in Cyprus.

Taking the last sentence first, it states there are no producers, but
the producers are to finance the collection.

In other words, Cyprus intends to do bugger-all to implement WEEE. How
can they get away with this???????????
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Postby erm1973 » Fri May 13, 2005 5:14 pm

If you read the Directive you will see it defines producers as those that also import such equipment so although Cyprus does not have any manufacturers, it has importers and sellers of EEE (electrical and electronic equipment). They will prick up the obligation. Furthermore, if you are, for example, Sony or Panasonic, you will be registered as a producer in Cyprus if your products are sold there (they don't have to be made there).

Hope this helps.
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