Yesterday the recast Directive 2012/19/EU  on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) entered into force. It tightens the rules on the collection and treatment of e-waste and now also includes photovoltaic panels (Annex II no. 4).
The directive introduces a collection target of 45 % of electronic equipment sold that will apply from 2016 and, as a second step from 2019, a target of 65 % of equipment sold, or 85 % of electronic waste generated. Member States will be able to choose which one of these two equivalent ways to measure the target they wish to report. From 2018, the Directive will be extended from its current restricted scope to all categories of electronic waste, subject to an impact assessment beforehand, the Commission pointed out.
Germany has until 14 February 2014 at the latest to amend the Elektro- und Elektronikgerätegesetz, which transposes the previous WEEE Directive and align it with the new Directive and the new targets.
Source: European Commission