EEE Producer Responsibility
In Italy, European Directive 2012/19/EU has been implemented by Legislative Decree No. 49/2014 for EEE. It is based on the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) principle which reduces negative environmental impacts resulting from the design and production of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
The legislation’s purposes concern and establish:
- an obligation for producers and distributors to finance a system for the recovery and recycling of products placed on the market (“extended producer responsibility” principle);
- measures aimed primarily at preventing the production of WEEE and their reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery to reduce the disposed waste volume.
The previous 27 January 2003 Directive 2002/96/EC of the European Parliament and Council on WEEE was implemented with Legislative Decree No. 151/05, which was replaced by the 14 March 2014 Legislative Decree No. 49.
Open Scope: Legislative Decree No. 49/2014, starting from 15 August 2018, has provided for an extension of the WEEE legislation which requires producers, importers and those who sell EEE under their own brand to organise and finance the waste (WEEE) collection and recovery system deriving from products placed on the market.