MEUSAC, in collaboration with the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change (MSDEC) and the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) organised a consultation session on draft amendments to the Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations and on a draft legal notice on Out of Court Settlements for Producers of Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE). The session was held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at The Fortress Builders in Valletta.
Amendments to the WEEE Regulations are aimed at introducing fines for the disposal of WEEE in the form of unsorted municipal waste, as well as increased timeframes for financial guarantees by schemes. A fee for the application of schemes shall also be introduced.
On Out of Court Settlements, a draft Legal Notice was also discussed. This aims to prescribe the rules for out of court settlement for those producers of EEE who have acted or act against the provisions of S.L. 549.89 - Waste Management (Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Regulations.
Stakeholders were given the opportunity to make queries and suggestions. One suggestion was to focus more on education and awareness rather than the issuing of fines, in order to help the general public to understand better the different ways in which one may sustainably dispose of items considered as WEEE.
ERA are taking comments and suggestions until February 6, 2017 on the following email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.