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Econ Affairs C'tee approves 2-month postponement of E-Waste Law
By SHARON UDASIN
Necessary regulations were not submitted on time to implement law by January 1.
The Economic Affairs Committee on Wednesday postponed the implementation of the
Electronic Waste Law two months, due to the fact that necessary regulations were
not submitted on time.
Although the E-Waste Law was supposed to come into
force on January 1, the legislation is instead take hold on March 1, the
committee announced on Wednesday morning.
MK Yitzhak Vaknin (Shas), who
was acting a chairman of the committee instead of MK Avishay Braverman (Labor),
stressed that the decision is due to the fact that the regulations associated
with the law were not submitted in time to allow for public debate. The
Environmental Protection Ministry submitted the regulations on December 9,
The law, initiated by Adam Teva V’Din (Israel Union for
Environmental Defense) and promoted by MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) and the
Environment Ministry, passed its second and third readings in the Economic
Affairs Committee in May 2012. The bill stipulates that manufacturers and
importers of electronic goods must recycle 50 percent of the total weight of
electronic equipment they sell annually by the year 2021.
the legislation requires that manufacturers and importers of batteries must
recycle 30% to 35% of their products, depending on the type of batteries sold,
The committee’s legal adviser, Eti Bendler, reminded discussion
participants on Wednesday morning that the Electronic Waste Law was published at
the end of July 2012, and that the Environmental Protection Ministry had been
required to submit regulations within six months of that date. Submitting the
regulations by January 1, 2013, as planned would have allowed the committee
sufficient time to hold discussions about them and approve them on time, Bendler
Instead, the Environment Ministry took a year-and-a-half to
work on the regulations, while the committee was left with only a month for
discussion, Vaknin said.
While the ministry did submit the regulations
only a short time before the date the law was slated to take force, the
tardiness was due to their complexity and the need for thorough professional
evaluations, said Environmental Protection Ministry deputy director-general
In a letter sent to Environmental Protection Minister
Amir Peretz and Braverman on Tuesday night, MK Yifat Kariv (Yesh Atid) wrote how
important the law is, as it will bring about “a significant reduction of the
amount of electronic waste dumped into landfill sites, which often leads to the
pollution of the environment and groundwater.”
Kariv asked that the
committee members implement the law without further delay.
committee meeting on Wednesday, MK Dov Henin (Hadash) accused the ministry of
acting in an unsound manner, stressing that when a date for the entrance of law
is determined, a promise is being made to the public. Henin called for the
committee to shorten the two-month delay.
While Vaknin agreed that the
implementation of the law is important, he said that required procedures –
particularly the hearing regarding the recently submitted regulations – must
In response to a query from The Jerusalem Post following
Wednesday’s decision, the Environmental Protection Ministry said: “The
Electronic Waste Law is too important and essential to delay excessively, and
therefore, we will work in cooperation with all the bodies involved in order to
implement it within two months.”