Transposition of the WEEE Recast Directive was completed through an amendment to the Waste Act in June 2014, along with additional amendments to four existing WEEE implementing regulations. The Recast Directive was transposed without major changes to the existing model.
Key points of the transposing act are:
- Compliance organisations must – if requested by a producer – charge modified compliance fees taking into account life expectancy of EEE, as well as hazardous substance use and ease of re-use and recycling:
- EEE producers with no legal base in Estonia must appoint authorised representatives. Estonian producers who place EEE on the market in other member states are required to register in those member states;
- Retailers and distributors with a sales area of over 400m2 are now required to take-back small WEEE on a 0:1 basis;
- Re-use centres must guarantee the functionality of every re-used item sold or donated for at least 6 months. Re-used EEE must be marked to allow tracking of each unit.