The European Union has come up with new rules pertaining to recycling with updates to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). The new WEEE Directive was passed a couple of months ago. Since its introduction in the year 2003, this is the first time that the Directive has been updated. The debate is on about whether it is realistic or does it fail in this respect. The targets set by the updated Directive are rather massive. It sets a 75% e-waste recovery goal within 3 years. Out of this amount, 65% needs to be recycled. By the year 2020, the Directive sets 85% as the amount of tech waste of the EU that needs to be reclaimed.
It also sets February 2014 as the deadline for every county to enact the Directive. Indubitably, all these goals are great but certain things need to fall in place. Re-using is the best way to reduce e- waste but the Trademark laws may constrict the way used goods can be sold. The time frame of 4 years may also be slightly small for such an ambitious program.
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