UK to introduce new WEEE rules on PV recycling
The U.K government is adapting EU’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive that will function starting from January 1, 2014, supported by PV Cycle.
U.K will take a step forward regarding the disposal of PV modules, and starting from January 1, 2014, the British government is going to announce their own interpretation of the European Union’s WEEE Directive in a move complimented by pan-European recycling organization PV Cycle.
By being placed before Parliament on December 10, U.K became the first EU member state that has ratified their national laws before the deadline on February 14 the upcoming year.
The WEEE Directive was brought up to date a year ago to include PV modules and the PV industry received a transition period for one and a half year within which all EU governments have to introduce new
The WEEE Directive was updated in August 2012 to incorporate PV modules, with the industry given an 18-month transition period within which all 27 EU governments must incorporate new intructions on PV waste into their own laws.
“While it’s unusual to see the introduction of new regulations take effect before the legal deadline, it makes sense in this instance as the new regulations come into force at the start of a new compliance year, which is defined on a calendar year basis, and to introduce changes part way through the year would have caused confusion and additional costs,” reported David Burton, PV Cycle U.K.’s country manager of producer compliance scheme.
As the new directive states, all PV modules that are no longer functional have to be disposed of correctly. PV Cycle, an organization that is responsible for the PV disposal, is taking care of some collection points for PV modules in Europe. The organization is also guiding PV producers to recycle theirs products as the law states.
“The regulations are traditionally focused upon ensuring collection and recycling of consumer PV products, but not necessarily on the very nature of PV panels with their long lifecycle and B2B character,” said Burton. “Thankfully, the U.K.’s Department of Businees, Skills and Innovation (BIS) have taken a pragmatic approach, in consultation with the PV sector, to ensure that the industry takes responsibility without damaging its long-term sustainability objectives.”
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