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Government Adopts Bill That Extends Right to Return Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment And Extends Scope of ElektroG to Solar Modules

Yesterday the government adopted a bill presented by the Environment Ministry (BMUB) to belatedly transpose Directive 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) into German law. The bill intends to increase the collection of WEEE to 65% by 2019, recycle more valuable secondary raw materials and dispose of residue in an environmentally friendly manner. To this end amendments of the Elektro- und Elektronikgerätegesetz (ElektroG) inter alia oblige large commerces, including e-commerce, to collect WEEE. The scope of the law shall be extended to include solar modules.

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First Draft of ElektroG to Transpose Recast WEEE Directive That Includes Solar Panels

On 13 August 2013 the recast Directive 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) entered into force, tightening the rules on the collection and treatment of e-waste. It now includes photovoltaic panels (cf. Annex II no. 4; Annex IV no. 4). Germany, which had until 14 February 2014 to transpose the Directive into German law, has now presented a first draft of a bill amending the Elektro- und Elektronikgerätegesetz (ElektroG).

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