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  • 25 November 2013

Revised e-waste legislation under way

The Danish Minister for the Environment has introduced a bill, which will impact on producers and importers of electronic equipment. The bill is to implement the EU Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment.

A new bill introduced by the Danish Minister for the Environment will result in amendments to the provisions of the Danish Environmental Protection Act (miljøbeskyttelsesloven) relating to the management of producer responsibility.

The bill, which is expected to become effective from 11 February 2014, is to ensure that the new EU Directive 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is implemented in Denmark.

The bill will primarily affect producers and importers of electronic equipment. In the future, non-Danish producers may appoint an authorised representative in Denmark to represent them as an alternative to establishing a place of business. Under current legislation, a place of business is required in order to obtain registration in the Danish Producer Responsibility System (DPA-system).

Easier procedures for businesses
If electronic equipment is exported and thus does not end up as electronic waste in Denmark, the bill provides scope for laying down provisions for the reimbursement of prepaid expenses for waste management of electrical and electronic equipment.

The bill will also ease procedures for businesses. The DPA-system may be required to exchange information with other EU Member States, their national producer registers and the European Commission.

In addition, the bill provides scope for introducing legal requirements relating to digital reporting and payments to the Danish tax authorities SKAT in connection with the scrap tyre scheme. The objective is to ease administrative procedures for SKAT, the Danish tyre trade's environmental foundation (Dækbranchens Miljøfond) and businesses.

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