The recast WEEE law was announced on 5 August 2014 and came into force, retroactively, on July 1st, 2014. Under Austrian WEEE, PV modules are considered to be B2B, non-household waste.
Producers (local manufacturer or importer) of PV modules need to register at the WEEE Register as of 1 January 2016 and are exempted from reporting their put-on-the-market and collection/treatment figures for the years 2014 and 2015.
As of 2016, Producers of PV modules are obliged to report the previous year’s figures of sold , collected and treated products before the 10th of April of every current year.
There is one exception on the cut-off date of 1 January 2016:
- Producers of PV modules must take back free of charge discarded PV modules sold before 1 July 2014 when these are replaced by new modules after 1 July 2014.
- Producers of PV modules must take-back free of charge discarded PV modules sold after 1 July 2014 even without replacement of new modules
For both cases, however, the Producer can make other financial and commercial arrangements with the natural or legal persons disposing of PV modules.
The following recycling and recovery targets (percentage of the average weight) apply for PV modules:
- Until 14 August 2015 : re-use and recycling 65% and 75% recovery;
- Between 15 August 2015 and 14 August 2018 : 70% re-use and recycling and 80% recovery;
- As from 15 August 2018: 80% re-use and recycling and 85% recovery
Download the law here: 140805_BGBLA_2014_II_193