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Waste EEE management organisers undergo inspection before start

2007-09-07

 

During the meeting with Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) management organisers, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment Aleksandras Spruogis, who is in charge of the waste sector, Wednesday received representatives from the Infobalt EPA association.

They discussed the waste EEE management tasks for 2008 and the opportunities to implement them. They also examined how successful electronic waste management organisers have been in meeting their commitments.

The Ministry of Environment reminds that according to the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council (2002/96/EB) and provisions of Lithuanian legislation, in 2006 Lithuania started development of the system for the collection and subsequent management of waste EEE.

According to the figures of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Ministry of Environment provided by EEE manufacturers and importers as well as waste EEE managers, in 2006, 49,796 tons of EEE were introduced on the domestic market and 10,103 tons of electronic waste was collected.

“The start is not bad indeed, and many Lithuanian businesses have honestly fulfilled the waste collection and recycling tasks established by the Government. However, starting from 2008, Lithuania has to collect at least 4 kg of waste EEE per resident annually. This standard is defined in the EU legislation.

“Therefore, in order to meet EU commitments, we conduct detailed assessments of how the mechanism of collecting and recycling waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment works and make preparations to implement the next year’s compulsory task,” Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment Spruogis says.

As of 2006, EEE manufacturers and importers must provide the guarantee established in the regulations approved with the Governmental resolution to prove future financing for their management of waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. Acceptable forms of such guarantee include participation of a licensed organisation of EEE manufacturers and importers.

In 2006, the Ministry of Environment issued two licences for organising the management of waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment: to the Infobalt EPA association and the Association of Manufacturers and Importers.

According to legal provisions, those licensed organisations must fulfil commitments and submit reports on business organisation to the Ministry of Environment. 

Of the two organisations mentioned above, the Infobalt EPA association was engaged in organising waste EEE management in 2006. According to the Infobalt EPA report to the Ministry of Environment, the association failed to fulfil the waste EEE management tasks defined for its members. Besides, it did not fully meet some of its other commitments.

“For this reason, after examination under effective law and finding that a licensed organisation fails to fulfil defined tasks and commits violations of legislative provisions, a procedure of suspending the validity of the licence may be initiated. We hope, however, that Infobalt EPA duly reviews its weaknesses and there is no need to take extreme actions,” Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment Aleksandras Spruogis remarks.

Public Information Division, Tel. 219 1855

7 September 2007

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas