Following agreement with the European Parliament, the Council has adopted a new directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Once formally approved, the new text will replace Directive 2002/96/EC. The directive aims both to prevent WEEE and to promote re-use, recycling and other forms of recovery, thereby contributing to sustainable production and consumption. It also seeks to improve the environmental performance of relevant producers, distributors and consumers. Eric Davies brings us up to date.