In March 2015, the new WEEE Regulations (73/2015) were published and ended retro-actively the 2004 Regulations from 13 March 2014.
The key changes are:
- Producers or their representative compliance organisations must organise collection systems for B2C WEEE from private end-users and distributors.
- Local authorities are required to ‘collaborate’ with compliance organisations to determine collection points where the public can drop off WEEE at least free of charge.
- Producers and distributors are required to show the costs of WEEE management to end-users at the point of sale.
- The Regulations provide a legal exemption from the financial guarantee requirement for those producers joining a collective compliance organisation.