Government delays WEEE again

The Department of Trade and Industry has announced that it is delaying
implementation of the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) directive
for six months until June 2006.

The DTI has already postponed the implementation of the directive, which was
due to become law in the UK by 13 August this year.

In a statement the government cited concerns from industry that they would
not be able to meet the August deadline, and a lack of experience among
companies dealing in such recycling.

“This directive is about dealing effectively with electrical waste which can
be damaging to the environment,” said DTI minister Malcolm Wicks.

“It is challenging and has required a lot of planning and preparation, but
our priority is to get this right.”

The WEEE directive makes producers liable for the clean up and recycling
costs of their products. This includes pickup, delivery to the recycling centre
and ownership of any waste involved.

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