Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Session 2003-04
20 February 2004 Report into the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive and End of Life Vehicles Directive

20 February 2004 Report into the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive and End of Life Vehicles Directive

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has today published a report about the negotiation and transposition of the  Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive and End of Life Vehicles Directive.

The main conclusions of the Committee are:

  • That although there are signs that Government Departments are getting better at negotiating and transposing Directives such as these, they still do not handle them effectively and efficiently

  • That Government must involve the businesses and other stakeholders affected by Directives at an early stage in negotiation, and learn from their experience and knowledge

  • That, particularly in relation to the End of the Life Vehicle Directive, there will be adverse consequences for local authorities - in particular, they will require additional resources to deal with the increase in dumped cars as the Directive comes into force

The Committee also notes that to cope with these Directives companies in the waste and recycling industry must invest in new equipment and facilities. They require early, clear guidance from Government about what is expected of them if they are to do so.

The Committee set up an Environmental Directives Sub-committee to conduct its inquiry. On publication of the report the Chairman of the Sub-committee, Paddy Tipping MP, said:

"Much of our environmental legislation originates in Brussels. The Government does not get involved early enough to influence policy. There is a real need to involve industry stakeholders at the beginning of discussions; to set up stakeholder teams involving the private sector; and to think through the practical consequences of new Directives.

"I have no doubt that in the short term abandoned vehicles and electrical equipment will litter our streets and countryside."

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