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APPLiA feedback to call for evidence for WEEE evaluation

Policy papers 08 Nov 2022

APPLiA welcomes the evaluation of the WEEE legislation which will provide an opportunity to assess fully if the current WEEE Directive remains fit for purpose. Please find below our initial comments in response to the Commission’s call for evidence consultation. We look forward to working with the Commission in the months to come, as the evaluation work progresses.

Key challenges of WEEE 

  • The concept of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is outdated
  • Much WEEE is not reported or accounted for
  • Unrealistic WEEE collection targets
  • Raising the bar on the treatment of WEEE across the EU

Our Recommendation

  • Bring WEEE legislation in line with market realities and the current situation with WEEE management today
  • WEEE are all responsible  - all actors in the WEEE value chain should have legal obligations under the WEEE legislation
  • Better monitor the WEEE flows and include all WEEE flows in the collection target calculation
  • The Commission should review the EU target-setting methods
  • All WEEE collected, regardless of which actor, should be recycled according to the EN treatment standards
  • The importance of the role of the consumer  
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