In Italy, the 27 January 2003 Directive 2002/96/EC of the European Parliament and Council on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, was implemented under Legislative Decree No. 151/05. The 2005 WEEE Decree was replaced by the 14 March 2014 Legislative Decree No. 49 which reinforces the extended producer responsibility (EPR) principle.
Due to regulatory updates, some important decrees have been issued implementing Legislative Decree No. 49/2014 which set the objective of giving an operational application to some of the regulatory framework’s fundamental principles, such as the promotion of eco-compatible products and small WEEE collections. For the first time since the launch of the WEEE system, the fees to cover the operating costs of the Supervisory and Control Committee have been set. This allows the institutional body to effectively and continuously carry out its activity and guarantee regulatory compliance by all stakeholders.
To complete the WEEE system regulatory framework, further implementing Decrees are expected to be published, which are important for making Legislative Decree No. 49/2014 fully operational. This includes the rules relating to minimum treatment standards, the standard articles of association for Compliance schemes and the financial guarantees decree.