Decree 197/2014 transposing WEEE 2 Directive entered into force on 1 August 2014.
Producers should be required to issue for customers returning used EEE and WEEE a gift voucher. Producers of all EEE categories except 5 (lamps) and 8 (mostly B2B, medical equipment) can fulfill their take-back obligations – including the voucher obligation – by paying the product fee.
The proposed voucher obligation would apply to:
- retailers that import EEE directly
- approved compliance (‘intermediary’) organizations
- individually complying Producers
The vouchers should be valid for at least one year. The minimum voucher values for 300 types of EEE are set out in the draft. For example:
- HUF 1,000 (~EUR 3.25) per returned used or waste fan, vacuum cleaner, iron or clock, or items in group ‘other IT equipment’
- HUF 2,000 (~EUR6.5) for the return of PV modules, drills, saws, lawn mowers and gardening tools
- HUF 5,000 (~EUR 16.2) for the return of a PC (incl. monitor), laptop, TV
The Producer is required to issue the voucher to natural persons only and the voucher is to be issued for:
- used EEE or WEEE that the Producer placed on the market itself
- used EEE of the same nature and function as that from the Producer
- for historical B2C WEEE of any Producer
The voucher obligation does not apply if the returned used EEE or WEEE has lost essential characteristics or comprises components only. If a returned devise is reusable without pre-treatment, the Producer must send it to an EEE reuse centre within 30 days.