December 13, 2004

Obligatory Stupid EU Story of the Month

They just love to do this to themselves
Under the electrical and electronic waste (WEEE) law, authorities will then have a further year - until August 13, 2005 - to introduce free take back of waste goods by final owners and to ensure that equipment producers are responsible for financing the collection, treatment, recovery and disposal of all waste.

Individual firms will be financially responsible for their own goods marketed after August 13, 2005, and collectively responsible for recycling all waste generated by products put on the market before this date. Makers will be allowed to show the cost of treating this "historical" waste in the price tag of new products, but only for a transitional period of eight years, or 10 years in the case of large domestic items such as refrigerators. The next major deadline is December 31, 2006. By this date EU member states, which by then will number 25 countries, must have reached an average waste collection rate of four kilograms (8.8 pounds) per inhabitant annually.
Again, I don't get it, if there are no people there because of depopulation, who are they going to collect from?