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New Royal Decree 110/2015, on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)

It has been published the Royal Decree 110/2015, that transposes into the Spanish legislation the European Directive 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

The aim of this Royal Decree is to regulate the prevention and reduction of adverse impacts of the generation and management of WEEE on human health and in the environment. It also identifies the Spanish goals for collection and treatment of this waste and the procedures for proper management, traceability and accounting. It repeals the Royal Decree 208/2005.

In accordance with Law 22/2011 on Wastes, this Royal Decree improves the efficiency in the use of resources and reduces the overall impact of this use, giving priority to preventing the generation of WEEE by preparing for its reuse, thereby contributing to sustainable development.

The Royal Decree 110/2015 applies to all electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) classified in the categories set out in its Annex III. In the Annex IV it has been published a non-exhaustive list of equipment falling within the categories set out in Annex III.

Key points of the new framework on WEEE in Spain introduced by this Royal Decree 110/2015:

- The establishment of a workgroup dependent of the “Coordination of waste” commission.

- The inclusion of distributors of electrical and electronic equipment as key element in the WEEE collection in Spain,

- The regulation and homogenization of the requirements for the authorization of WEEE treatment facilities throughout the Spanish territory,

- The unification of criteria for the authorization of collective systems of “extended producer responsibility” (this is one of the means of encouraging design and production of EEE which take into full account and facilitate its repair, possible upgrading, re-use, disassembly and recycling),

- Amendment of the categories of EEE (passing from the existing 10 categories today to 7),

- The obligation to large distributors/stores exceeding the 400 squared metres of sales area to collect very small WEEE,

- The distinction between EEE and used WEEE, and

- The provisions for the delivery of waste equipment by users to second-hand shops.

 

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