E-waste Regulation 522/20 published in Ontario
October 15th, 2020
The new electronics recycling regulation will come into effect from 1st January 2021 in Ontario.
Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill introduced in Australia
October 14th, 2020
The aim of the Recycling and Waste Reduction Bill 2020 is to provide a national framework to manage waste and recycling across Australia.
Significant changes proposed to WEEE Act in Germany
October 9th, 2020
Amendments to WEEE laws could come into force from January 2022, in one of the highest-risk EU countries for recycling compliance
New obligations for companies selling electronic products in Germany, as a result of a new Batteries Act
September 30th, 2020
Germany is the fourth largest economy in the world so if your company sells electronic products, you will likely be affected by the new Batteries Act.
FLIR Systems Takes On Recycling For Electrical And Electronics Manufacturing
September 15th, 2020
Verdantix reports FLIR’s award winning partnership with Sphera’s EC4P software and managed services to implement new recycling arrangements in EU Member States
WEEE, Batteries and Packaging EPR in New Zealand
August 4th, 2020
Several priority products, including WEEE, batteries and packaging, have been declared under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.
New Ontario batteries regulation comes into force 1st July 2020
June 29th, 2020
The new batteries regulation falls under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016.
SWEAP detects a rise in illegal waste shipments in the EU
June 26th, 2020
The waste detection rate with imports into EU countries has risen by 8% from October 2019, accounting for 37% of the total inspections.
Revision to China’s Solid Waste Law
June 8th, 2020
An amendment to China’s Solid Waste Law was approved on 29 April 2020 by the National People’s Congress (NPC) - it will take effect on 1 September 2020.
UK joins EU Member States in enforcing plastic packaging tax
May 20th, 2020
Member States across the EU are implementing legislation to enforce the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy.
Sphera EC4P's B2BWEEE-Scheme meets WEEE recycling obligations in UK for 2019 compliance period
May 19th, 2020
Sphera EC4P’s B2BWEEE-Scheme has received its Declaration of Compliance from the UK WEEE Regulator for the 13th year in succession.
Draft USA Packaging EPR Bill published
May 4th, 2020
A draft packaging EPR bill was proposed on 11 February this year in the USA through the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act.
Unique Compliance Challenges in Germany
April 23rd, 2020
EC4P's recent EU wide compliance assessment identified Germany as the highest risk country. This article presents some of the unique challenges in more detail.
New Packaging Obligations for Sellers in Denmark
April 7th, 2020
Denmark has just consulted on a draft amendment to the Environment Protection Act which intends to transpose the EU Packaging Directive 852/2018.
Maine steps closer to EPR Packaging Law
February 6th, 2020
The bill would require producers to finance at least 80% of the cost associated with recycling packaging.
Packaging Waste fines exceed £236k in UK, while EC4P wins 2019 compliance award
January 27th, 2020
Non-compliant packaging producers in UK fined over £236k by the EA, and EC4P wins “Best Packaging Recycling Compliance Solution” at the 2019 BUILD awards.
2019 Roundup: The EU’s Circular Economy Package
December 16th, 2019
A brief overview of the actions taken by certain EU member states in 2019 to prepare to implement the Circular Economy Package and what it means for producers.
WEEE Producers in Peru: a stricter regime
December 4th, 2019
The Environmental Assessment & Enforcement Agency will scrutinise producer's actions during the transition and penalise any infractions.
Packaging EPR to be developed in New Brunswick
November 8th, 2019
An extended producer responsibility (EPR) regulatory program for packaging and paper expected within 12 months in New Brunswick, Canada.
Portugal WEEE inspections tighten and enforcement actions increase
November 6th, 2019
Portuguese government is tightening up inspections on producer WEEE compliance, with fines of up to EUR 5 million for the most serious cases of non-compliance
FLIR wins 2019 Verdantix Innovation Award for implementing Sphera EC4P
October 7th, 2019
FLIR wins 2019 Verdantix Innovation Award for implementing Sphera EC4P web-based system to guarantee compliance to 47 recycling regulations across 25 countries.
Singapore takes ‘big stride’ in waste management
October 1st, 2019
Details of the recently passed 'Resource Sustainability Bill’ which implements the Zero Waste Masterplan
Is the Triman logo tripping up your business?
September 19th, 2019
The troublesome Triman logo is set to be revived in the French Circular Economy Law. Find out about the requirements and penalties for incorrect usage.
Increase in penalties for non-compliance ahead
September 2nd, 2019
New EU Regulation to boost enforcement of ‘free-riding’ WEEE producers and unsafe products
Rapid increase in development of packaging regulations
August 14th, 2019
In addition to the EU Directives on Single-Use Plastics and the Circular Economy many countries are introducing new packaging related laws and amendments
UK Packaging Waste Regulation Reform - first consultation responses published
July 29th, 2019
Responses show strong support to introduce an EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) scheme, currently scheduled for 2023.
New batteries requirements in Saskatchewan
July 22nd, 2019
On 26 June 2019, the Government of Saskatchewan approved the Household Hazardous Waste Products Stewardship Regulations.
Changes to Plastic Waste Management rules in India
July 18th, 2019
New requirements under the Indian Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules give more options for compliance to producers but also introduces more uncertainties
American Packaging Laws continue to grow - Chile and Maine (USA)
July 3rd, 2019
Chile and Maine have announced plans to introduce EPR Schemes for Packaging. This news item provides early details of what this may mean for producers.
Ontario – Extension to OES wind up date
July 3rd, 2019
Under new direction from the Ministry of Environment, Parks and Recreation, the OES Program will now end on 31 December 2020.
California Passes Single-use Packaging and Product Bills
June 13th, 2019
If the Bills pass the final vote, they will enact the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act.
USA and Canada e-waste product scope and challenges to manufacturer compliance
May 21st, 2019
USA and Canada E-waste Regulations, the differences in product scope across USA and Canada and the resulting challenges for manufacturer compliance.
'Passive Devices' now in scope of German WEEE Regulations
May 8th, 2019
Their introduction has aligned the scope of EEE that must comply with the regulations to that of many other EU Member States.
Tackling WEEE Non-Compliance: An update on industry activities
May 1st, 2019
The non-compliance of companies selling electronic products online is of growing concern across Europe and is receiving much attention across the industry.
Product Stewardship Obligations Likely to Increase in Australia
April 25th, 2019
The Australian government is currently reviewing the Product Stewardship Act 2011 and is working on a scheme to manage end-of-life handheld batteries.
EU Compliance and Enforcement Regulation aimed at e-commerce sales
April 24th, 2019
The new regulation will affect e-commerce sales by making it mandatory for all Manufacturers selling products into the EU to have an appointed EU representative
UK Resource Waste Strategy: First four major consultations published
April 11th, 2019
One proposes several reforms to the UK packaging producer responsibility system, aiming to reduce difficult-to-recycle packaging and increase recycling rates.
Single-use plastics ban and changes to EU packaging recycling fees
April 8th, 2019
Developments in single-use plastics waste regulations and the introduction of modulated packaging recycling fees across EU
Prince Edward Island Expands E-Waste Program
April 2nd, 2019
Prince Edward Island has expanded the scope of products covered under the Environmental Protection Act Materials Stewardship and Recycling Regulations.
Draft e-waste laws in Singapore and Nigeria
March 22nd, 2019
An overview of the draft e-waste laws in Singapore and Nigeria and what they may mean for you if they are implemented.
WEEE Registration & Reporting Harmonisation in Europe
March 15th, 2019
A 2019 Regulation has been adopted by the European Commission to harmonise the registration and reporting formats across Europe... but will it work?
Washington State looks to implement EPR Packaging Law
March 4th, 2019
From 1 January 2022, plastic packaging producers in Washington state will be required to meet EPR obligations.
Nova Scotia Expands E-Waste Program
February 12th, 2019
From 1 March 2020, five new electrical and electronic product types will be banned from landfill in Nova Scotia.
UK Resource Waste Strategy: Changes to producer responsibility
January 23rd, 2019
Changes include packaging producers being made responsible for all costs associated with packaging waste management
Can you register for WEEE without Batteries and Packaging?
December 20th, 2018
Growing evidence of how EU Member States are increasing pressure on batteries and packaging producers to register for their product sales.
Design4Compliance Conference with Siemens PLM Software
November 28th, 2018
EC4P team at Chemical Watch Electronics conference in San Francisco, RINA conference in London and the CARE Innovation summit in Vienna.
Introduction of Packaging Tax in the UK
November 22nd, 2018
The UK are set to introduce a tax on plastic packaging which contains less than 30% of recycled plastics.
UK WEEE Open Scope - Are you ready for 2019?
November 16th, 2018
The UK Environment Agency has recently published a guidance document finalising the equipment covered by the regulations from January 2019
Crack down on WEEE & Batteries non-compliance in Ireland
September 24th, 2018
The EPA has been given new powers to enforce WEEE & Batteries Regulations. The EPA can now apply Fixed Payment Notices which are essentially on-the-spot fines.
New Germany Packaging Law – How to avoid a fine
September 13th, 2018
New Packaging requirements in Germany (VerpackG) are being introduced from 01 January 2019 which could affect your product sales if you do not act soon.
OECD outlines strategies to tackle online WEEE “free-riding”
August 30th, 2018
OECD confirms large scale WEEE compliance “free-riding” of online retailers and says increased awareness, enforcement & regulation should be used to rectify
Canada Yukon e-waste Registration deadline 1st Oct
July 25th, 2018
Amended Designated Materials Regulation has a new set of requirements for companies selling electronics in Yukon; Registration, Remittance, Reporting, Record!
Hong Kong WEEE Producer Registration Deadline Aug 1st
July 18th, 2018
Sale of regulated electrical equipment will require a registration to the HK EPD with associated reporting, collection and recycling label/levies.
Deadline approaching for new Poland producer register
July 10th, 2018
Electronics producers need to register with Poland’s new ‘Product, Packaging and Waste Management Database’ (BDO) by 24th July 2018.
Circular Economy legislation to roll out across the EU
June 28th, 2018
New package requires countries to cover distance sales of packaging (inc. packaged products) which has previously been non-obligated in most of the EU.
Open Scope: UK to keep 14 existing WEEE categories
June 20th, 2018
Defra have announced that the 2013 WEEE regulations will be amended and the existing 14 WEEE categories will remain in place for the transition to Open Scope.
Turkey packaging deadline approaching
June 20th, 2018
Producers have until the 30th June to notify the packing information system of arrangements with compliance schemes.
E-Waste Rules, 2018 come into force in India
March 1st, 2018
On 22 March 2018, the E- Waste (Management) Amendment Rules were published in the Official Gazette and came into force on the same day.
Eradication of Avoidable Plastics in the UK
February 1st, 2018
UK Gov. announces plans to eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042. Avoidable being the operative word in the plan which is set over 25 years.
WEEE Recast Scope Adoption Timeline
August 1st, 2017
EU Member States in ‘transitional period’ for product scope of WEEE Recast Directive until 15 August 2018.
Distance Seller Batteries & Packaging Obligations
February 1st, 2017
Companies may only be obligated for collection and recycling of waste packaging if located within the country of sale.
Extended Producer Responsibility in Russia
May 1st, 2016
Russia implements legislation with requirements similar to EU Member State take-back, collection & recycling regulations.
Mandatory Visible Recycling Fee introduced in Slovakia
January 1st, 2016
Slovak Waste Act (79/2015) introduced obligation for producers of consumer electronics to display associated recycling costs.
Luminaries Reporting Confusion in UK
August 1st, 2015
United Kingdom confusion within industry about WEEE category luminaries equipment with integrated LEDs should be reported under.
Removal of the Eco-Contribution in Malta
July 1st, 2015
Maltese Environment & Planning Authority (MEPA) to publish legislative amendments removing Eco-Contribution for WEEE.
Extended Producer Responsibility in Chile
June 1st, 2015
On 9th June 2015 the Senate of the Chilean Ministry of Environment approved a bill for the Law on the Promotion of Recycling.
Printer Cartridges in scope of new UK WEEE Regs
January 1st, 2015
On 20th Jan 2015, the UK Environment Agency issued a statement regarding printer cartridges and the UK WEEE Regulations.
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