Germany has finally adopted draft legislation implementing the recast WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU.
UK producers that sell directly to customers in Germany, through an online store or by mail order, or have a legal sales presence in the country, could face significant changes to the scope of their obligations – even if they currently comply with German WEEE regulations.
The new law, ElektroG2, is expected to enter into force on 10 August 2015 with some action required by obligated producers from that date, and certain product groups (such as PV panels and luminaires in private households) moving into scope later in the year.
How will this impact UK producers selling in Germany?
A change to the definition of a ‘producer’
From the date the new law enters into force, the mere ‘offering for sale’ of electrical and electronic equipment in Germany will qualify companies to be considered ‘producers’. The obligation begins from the moment a product in scope is advertised, be it online or in sales brochures. The actual placing on the market, or sale of a product, is no longer required as an obligation criteria.
Mandatory legal presence
Obligated producers without a legal presence in Germany can no longer register or remain registered.
Foreign companies will be required to either set up a branch in Germany or appoint an Authorised Representative (AR), established in Germany, who will fulfil all registration and reporting requirements on their behalf. This must take place within six months of ElektroG2 coming into force.
Move towards an ‘open scope’
Photovoltaic modules and luminaires in private households – currently exempt from obligations in Germany - will move into scope only three months after ElektroG2 comes into effect. By November 2015, obligated producers and brands must be fully registered with Stiftung EAR. These are the first changes in a move to an ‘open scope’ which will include all EEE (unless explicitly excluded) and reduce the current ten product categories to only six by 18 August 2018.
In addition to these changes, new take-back requirements will come into effect for retailers and distributors and the current regulations for insolvency guarantees and administrative fees will be amended.
If you think these changes could impact your business, please contact our team for more information by calling 0845 094 2228.
Today, 27 March 2023, marks the 20th anniversary of Ecosurety. On this special occasion, we have asked its founder, Steve Clark, to take a trip down memory lane and share with us his story of setting up the business, what was driving him at the time and what he wishes for Ecosurety for the future.Read More >>
The rate of the Plastic Packaging Tax, as detailed in the 2023 Spring Budget, will increase in line with the Consumer Price Index this year.Read More >>
Q4 2022 WEEE collection data released earlier this month reveals the annual collections target has been missed for the sixth consecutive year.Read More >>