The German Parliament has approved amendments to the country’s Electrical and Electronic Equipment Law (ElektroG). The new regulations aim to increase the collection of electronic waste - WEEE - and to improve preparation for reuse.
They also address the growing problem of free riders, especially from third countries, by imposing new provisions on electronic marketplaces and fulfilment service providers.
Parliament’s decision contains some important amendments to the government’s draft, which were added in the parliamentary process. For example, actors who take back WEEE must in future mark their collection points with a harmonised logo developed by the clearing house.
In addition, parliamentarians imposed new requirements on authorised representatives: commissioning of third parties must be effective for at least three months and authorised representatives with more than 20 registrations must undergo an approval procedure.
After the green light from Parliament, the dossier now goes to the country’s Upper House. If no objections are raised there, the law can be published in the Official Journal and enter into force on 1 January 2022. However, the new requirements for electronic marketplaces and fulfilment service providers will only apply from 2023.
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