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Electronic Equipment: Waste Disposal

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 8th May 2007.

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Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Labour, Scunthorpe

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

(1) what steps the Government plan to take to produce the improvements in environmental design required by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive;

(2) what consideration the Government have given to introducing differential charges in the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive in order to encourage innovation in design to encourage recycling and reuse.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister of State (Science and Innovation), Department of Trade and Industry

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive encourages producers of electrical and electronic equipment to consider the design of new products to facilitate environmentally sound treatment and reprocessing when equipment reaches its end of life.

The UK has addressed this issue through Regulation 59 of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006 (SI 3289).

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