On 13 August 2013 the recast Directive 2012/19/EU  on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) entered into force, tightening the rules on the collection and treatment of e-waste. It now includes photovoltaic panels (cf. Annex II no. 4; Annex IV no. 4). Germany, which had until 14 February 2014 to transpose the Directive into German law, has now presented a first draft of a bill amending the Elektro- und Elektronikgerätegesetz (ElektroG).
According to the justification provided for the draft, Directive 2012/19/EU shall be transposed in an identical manner into the existing German law without diminishing the high standard of the German waste management.
Consequently, the draft stipulates, that (inter alia) photovoltaic modules (cf. Section 2 para. 1 no. 4 in connection with Annex 1 no. 4 and Section 47 no. 4 in connection with Annex 2 no. 4) will have to be collected, treated and disposed of in accordance with the ElektroG.
The draft still has to undergo interministrial coordination. Comments and suggestions for changes may be submitted to the ministry until 31 March 2014.
Source: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety