The Spanish Government has opened a public consultation on the transposition of part of the European Union’s Circular Economy Package to gain feedback on the amendments to the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and batteries regulations.
These amendments will partially transpose into Spanish national legislation the Directive (EU) 2018/849, amending the directives for end-of-life vehicles, WEEE and waste batteries, and include a number of changes which directly affect producers and compliance schemes.
The proposed amendments for batteries include new national hazardous waste codes for lithium- and nickel-based batteries.
The proposed amendments for WEEE cover a number of topics, including the introduction of a balancing mechanism for the calculation of collection targets for different categories or uses (household or professional) of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).
At present, collection targets established by the European Union must be met for each EEE category. The proposed change would allow for more flexibility in collection targets depending on the category or uses.
In addition to this legal change, a new waste act has also been proposed, which Landbell Group company, ERP Spain, is currently analysing.