Israel prepares to implement national e-scrap law

Israel prepares to implement national e-scrap law

By Bobby Elliott, E-Scrap News

Jan. 31, 2014

In anticipation of the belated rollout of Israel's e-scrap law, officials have tweaked the language of the measure to include possible, albeit limited, industry exemptions.

With the latest set of regulations approved by Economic Affairs Committee of the Knesset – the legislative branch of the Israeli government — small electronics manufacturers will not be held to the same collection targets as medium and large-sized electronics producers.

Delays in submitting regulations forced the country to hold off on a Jan. 1 rollout of the law until March 1. Once in effect, most electronics businesses will be required to reach an equivalent product recycling rate of 50 percent by 2021. Thus, if a company's annual sales total 5,000 tons of new electronics in 2021, they will be asked to recover at least 2,500 tons of used electronics during the year.

Battery manufacturers and importers will also be required to recycle more, reaching a 30 percent recycling rate by 2019.

In a sign the country is close to implementing the law, a European waste electrical and electronics equipment take-back program was recently permitted to operate within Israel.

According to the U.N.'s E-Waste Map, manufacturers put 204,280 tons of electrical and electronic equipment on the retail market in Israel in 2012.

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