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Jan 2021

Great Britain: Restrictions of hazardous substances (RoHS) - selling goods

On 25 , Jan 2021 | In | By Monica Srubarova

It is only since 01 January 2021 that the United Kingdom formally left the EU market and the European CE framework was replaced by the new UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) regulations. In most cases, companies will be able to use the current CE mark until 01 January 2022. However, in certain cases involving conformity assessment, the new UKCA marking ...

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Jan 2021

ECHA published updated Candidate List

On 20 , Jan 2021 | In | By Monica Srubarova

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published the new REACH Candidate List on January 19, 2021. Two Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) were added to the list due to their toxicity on reproduction. The Candidate List of substances of very high concern for Authorization now contains 211 substances. The newly added substances are used in ...

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Jan 2021

GERMANY: New Producer Obligations for WEEE and Batteries

On 20 , Jan 2021 | In | By Gisa Scheschonka

The German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has published new Information Obligations according to the German WEEE legislation for EEE Producers and other persons authorized for the collection of WEEE data. Accordingly, the scope of the existing information requirements for private households has been ...

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Jan 2021

France: The use of the Green Dot on packaging will be sanctioned

On 14 , Jan 2021 | In | By Katharina Rehders

From April 01, 2021, the use of symbols and markings on packaging that may lead to confusion regarding sorting will be sanctioned in France. This is specifically in connection with the use of the Green Dot licensed by Dual Systems.  For products manufactured or imported before April 1, 2021, corresponding transition periods or a maximum storage ...

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Jan 2021

Greece: New Obligations for Producers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Batteries

On 07 , Jan 2021 | In | By Gisa Scheschonka

On 1 January 2021, new obligations for producers of electric and electronic equipment (EEE) and batteries entered into effect. Until end of 2020, producers who place EEE onto the Greek market with built-in batteries only had obligations for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). The regulations covered the registration with the ...

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Dec 2020

Belgium: Simplified E-Commerce declaration for packaging

On 04 , Dec 2020 | In | By Gisa Scheschonka

Starting this year, the compliance scheme FostPlus allows a simplified reporting method for packaging in E-Commerce. This simplified declaration for E-Commerce is not obligatory. The packaging in E-Commerce can be declared in parcel units, with a minimum contribution of 100 €.  A 10 % supplement is charged due to the simplified administrative ...

04

Dec 2020

Norway: Free riders receive a fine

On 04 , Dec 2020 | In | By Gisa Scheschonka

The Norwegian Environment Agency has verified, whether 220 importers and manufacturers are members of an approved packaging scheme, which is required by the waste regulations. Twelve of these companies will now receive a fine for not having followed up on the Norwegian Environment Agency's order to register with a packaging scheme. Collecting and ...

04

Dec 2020

Sweden: New register for reporting hazardous waste

On 04 , Dec 2020 | In | By Gisa Scheschonka

A new waste register for reporting hazardous waste is now open at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. Starting from November 1st, companies and businesses that handle hazardous waste must report information to the register.  This means that they must report no later than two working days after they have transported waste away from their ...

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Dec 2020

Has COVID-19 impacted the generation of e-waste?

On 03 , Dec 2020 | In | By Gisa Scheschonka

There is no doubt that the pandemic has a considerable impact on our lives. All our daily activities, from work and studies to leisure have become highly dependent on electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). EEE has made it possible to increase the living standards worldwide.  Yet, it has also generated numerous socio-environmental ...

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Dec 2020

Conflict minerals – Mandatory obligations in EU from 2021

On 03 , Dec 2020 | In | By Tatjana Möllmann

Starting from 1 January 2021, additional compliance obligations for EU importers will apply under the Conflict Minerals Regulation (EU) 2017/821. This is nothing new for the European companies with customers listed on the US stock exchange, as in the USA, disclosing information on the origin of so-called conflict minerals used in the production ...

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