The ministry explains: “Producers and importers of refrigerators and freezers are responsible for the organization, financing and payment of the return premium to the consumer. They [the existing collectives Weee Nederland and Open foundation] will be given the opportunity to voluntarily set-up a nationwide system and involve all [other] actors in the chain. (…) The choice of visible or invisible forms of recycling fees is up to the producers and importers. ”
Within the set-up of the return premium system designed by Weee Nederland, there is sufficient room for input from all parties involved: producers, collectives, consumers, municipalities, retailers and central government. Governance can be shaped by giving the existing collectives a jointly governing role; Weee Nederland and Open foundation. Both collectives will independently be active in operational aspects of the system. This new form of cooperation between the collectives leads to more collection and the collection target of 65%. The national government will contribute to supporting activities aimed at raising awareness and communication in relation to this measure.
“Thanks to the Ministry and Urgenda, the return premium system will now be finalized. It is now up to the producers' representatives to jointly ensure a robust and rapid introduction”, says Reint Sekhuis of Weee Nederland. “I am convinced that we can achieve good cooperation between the parties. We have already worked out the blueprint for the system in recent months.”
Do you want to know more about the return premium system? Take a look at a further explanation here.