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The Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services held a meeting with European waste treatment experts to discuss prospects of implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) system in Ukraine, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.
During the meeting, the sides discussed development of the WEEE Action Plan for Ukraine. The first step is to create the expert working group in the Ministry of Regional Development that will work out a WEEE implementation strategy and study the European experience in terms of electronic waste disposal.
Government experts say, introduction of WEEE will help minimize the harm to the environment by electronic waste in Ukraine. This system obliges manufacturers, importers and sellers of electronic equipment to collect and reuse or recycle electronic waste.
Government analysts have concluded that the problem of electronic waste in recent years has become one of the most pressing global environmental problems. According to the UN Environment Programme estimates, the world annually produces about 50 million tons of electronic waste, which accumulates 3 times faster than any other waste.