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EU project helps Ukraine develop laws on recycling electronic waste and batteries

June 8, 2018

Ukraine’s Regional Development Ministry has received support with legislation relating to recycling electronic waste and batteries, thanks to an EU-funded Twinning project. The “Introduction of a Management System of Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Batteries in Ukraine” project recently concluded after two years of operation.

The project assisted the development of two bills, on “Batteries and Accumulators” and “Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment”. The laws propose introducing separate e-waste collection and extended producer responsibility that puts the obligation on producers to take care of the recycling or disposal of a product they put on the market after the end of its lifetime.

“In the long term, there is no other option than moving towards a circular economy. Waste is a challenge, both in the EU and Ukraine, but there are ways to tackle it. The EU is ready to further support Ukraine in its transition towards a more circular economy,” said Johannes Baur, Head of the “Economic cooperation, energy, infrastructure and environment” Operations Section at the EU Delegation to Ukraine, recalling that the European Commission adopted the Circular Economy Package in December 2015.

“First, we looked at the management of electric and electronic equipment waste, and waste of used batteries in Europe. Then, together with Austria, France and Spain we developed high-quality draft laws, which bring the Ukrainian waste management system closer to the European one. This is a great accomplishment for our country,” said Eduard Krugliak, Deputy Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine, when commenting on the project's results.

Twinning is an instrument of institutional cooperation between public agencies of the EU’s Member States and partner countries.

The Twinning project “Introduction of a Management System of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) in Ukraine” lasted from March 2016 until November 2017. Its goal was to help Ukraine bring its legislation on management of WEEE and waste batteries and accumulators in line with EU standards, as stipulated by the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.

The amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment, batteries and accumulators is increasing every year in Ukraine. Such waste can affect the environment and human health due to hazardous substances, therefore it is necessary to arrange its recycling.

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