EU Council Lowers E-Waste Targets

Published by Stephen Roper on Tagged Politics

The EU Council has recently proposed lower electrical waste recycling targets than the 85% that was approved by the European Parliament last month.

Currently the EU Council has agreed that member states should be collecting 45% of the average weight of electrical equipment placed in their countries. The targets should also be flexible in countries that receive fewer electrical items. Four years after this it has been proposed that the targets be raised to 65%.

Computer Aid International have criticised the new lower target by saying that it shows a lack of seriousness.They also said that its estimated that the EU will generate 12 million tonnes of electrical waste by 2020 so its frustrating that such a softly softly approach is being taken.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive currently covers items such as mobile phones and household appliances. The WEEE directive was created to help improve the collection and recycling rates of electrical items.

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