Regulatory Framework

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In compliance with the ex ante conditionalities of the Regulation of the EU, Thematic Objective no. 6, as a Member State, Romania should meet a series of obligations related to promoting economically and environmentally sustainable investments in the waste sector, in particular by developing waste management plans.

Directive 2012/19/EC lays down the extended producer responsibility, an approach to environmental policy where the responsibility of a producer for its product is extended to the post-consumer stage of the life cycle of that product. Collective organisations are seen as part of the recycling chain with the role of closing circuit costs, from collection from the population to treatment and finally recycling; they are also important tools that support the implementation of the European waste hierarchy.

However, electrical waste management cannot be the exclusive task of collective organisations of producers, as it requires equal involvement from central and local authorities. One of the prerequisites for ensuring WEEE treatment and recycling is separate collection, but for this purpose, our country should have a coherent legal framework, public door-to-door separate collection services should work properly and be integrated into adequate facilities, such as municipal collection centres where households should hand over WEEE free of charge.