Terms of Reference
Project description and aims
Waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the EU, with some 9 million tonnes generated in 2005, and expected to grow to more than 12 million tonnes by 2020. WEEE contains a complex mixture of materials and components, which are also partly hazardous. Not properly managed WEEE can cause major environmental and health problems. Also, the production of electronics requires the use of scarce and expensive resources.
To address these problems two pieces of legislation have been put in place by the European Union: The Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE Directive) and the Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS Directive). The first WEEE Directive (Directive 2002/96/EC) entered into force in February 2003. The Directive provided for the creation of collection schemes where consumers return their WEEE free of charge. These schemes aim to increase the recycling of WEEE and/or re-use.
In December 2008, the European Commission proposed to revise the Directive in order to tackle the fast increasing waste stream. The new WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU entered into force on 13 August 2012 and became effective on 14 February 2014.
This project aims to improve the implementation and enforcement of the WEEE-Directive, with a special focus on:
- The practical implementation and application of Annex VI of the WEEE Directive, by developing an uniform enforcement strategy;
- Sharing knowledge on how to deal with the hazardous substances (BFRs) in WEEE in relation to recycling with a focus on the role and possibilities for enforcement authorities;
- Mmaking an overview how WEEE is classified and developing an uniform guideline on classification;
- Identifying how inspections (can) play a role in improving the reported figures regarding number of producers and importers, EEE put on the market and collection and recycling targets.