As legislative preparations begin for the WEEE Directive recast, expected to come into force next year, recommendations have been submitted to the Department for Innovations & Skills (BIS) and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) urging ministers to introduce IPR within the UK WEEE system through a series of measures including a weighting mechanism for eco-design.
The calls come from a dedicated working group, which sees IPR as a crucial tool to encourage producers of WEEE to be more accountable for the end-of-life treatment costs of their products through implementing better design processes.
One of the organisations involved in the working group is NGO Waste Watch. Its business engagement manager Claudia Kuss-Tenzer told edie that the WEEE Directive currently falls short of its original environmental aims and that IPR was one way to address this.
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