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Status of the WEEE/RoHS Implementation in Finland


Key Implementation Dates
Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
Directive 2002/95/EC on the Restriction of the use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS)
Key Differences from Other Member States

Key Implementation Dates

9th September 2004:Act 452/2004 amending the 1993 Waste Act was adopted by Parliament on 4 June and an Ordinance on Electrical and Electronic Waste (852/2004) transposing the WEEE Directive was adopted by the Government on 9th September. A further Ordinance on the Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Materials in Electrical and Electronic Equipment, transposing the RoHS Directive, was also adopted by the Government on 9th September.

WEEE/RoHS Directive

WEEE Regulations - Finnish (Should be used in conjunction with the general Finnish waste legislation)
RoHS Regulations - Finnish

Key Differences from Other Member States

Scope: As per EU directive, but WEEE must not be put in municipal waste and all collected.

Register: Mandatory. Registration is with the Pirkanmaa Environment Centre.

Separate Collection: Producers, not local authorities will be responsible for organising collection of WEEE from households.

Finance Households: Producers to be responsible for funding collection.

Finance Business to Business:Producers are responsible for all end-of-life WEEE. Historical waste costs also go to the producer unless alternative arrangements have been made with the user.

Compliance Schemes: Ser-Tuottajayhteisö (Society of WEEE Producers) has been set up to collect all household WEEE. For Business to Business the Finnish Electrical and Electronics Industry (SET ry), now part of the Technology Industries of Finland is planning to set up a compliance organisation.




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