The WEEE Recast 2012/19/EU or WEEE2 as it may well be referred to was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 24 July 2012.
Member States have 18 months to transpose into national law. While the UK target is 14 February 2014 for the Recast to become effective, it is possible that it could enter into force on 1 January 2014 so as to capture a full compliance year.
There will be stakeholder consultation commencing in February or March 2013.
Under the recast, from 15 August 2018, the number of product categories will be reduced to six as defined in Annex III.
From 2016 the minimum collection rate will be 45% calculated on the basis of the total weight of WEEE collected in a given year in the Member State concerned expressed as a percentage of the average weight of EEE placed on the market in the three preceding years in that State.
From 2019 the rate will increase to 65%