Singapore Singapore publishes four regulations related to Resource Sustainability Act

Clarifying products that fall within scope of WEEE

The following four regulations related to the Resource Sustainability Act were published in Singapore on December 31, 2019.

  1. Resource Sustainability Act 2019 (Commencement) Notification 2019
    http://103.62.48.133:2020/aol/download/0/0/pdf/binaryFile/pdfFile.pdf?CompId:84f1de8a-0d98-4140-80df-fabcd90ec333
  2. Resource Sustainability (Composition of Offences) Regulations 2019
    https://sso.agc.gov.sg/SL/RSA2019-S901-2019?DocDate=20191231&ViewType=Pdf&_=20191231155033
  3. Resource Sustainability (Prescribed Regulated Products) Regulations 2019
    https://sso.agc.gov.sg/SL/RSA2019-S900-2019?DocDate=20191231&ViewType=Pdf&_=20191231155112
  4. Resource Sustainability (Exemption for Incidentally Supplied Batteries) Order 2019
    https://sso.agc.gov.sg/SL/RSA2019-S902-2019?DocDate=20191231&ViewType=Pdf&_=20191231155033

Resource Sustainability Act can be downloaded from the following URL.
https://sso.agc.gov.sg/Acts-Supp/29-2019/Published/20191004?DocDate=20191004&ViewType=Pdf&_=20200102201149

 

Resource Sustainability Act 2019 (Commencement) Notification 2019

This notification clarifies the effective date of the Resource Sustainability Act, which was published on October 4, 2019. Based on this notification, most sections of the Act came into effect on January 1, 2020. The remaining sections, Part 4 (requirements for packaging) and Section 12 to 17 (requirements for management of electrical and electronic waste) of the Act took effect on July 1, 2020 and July 1, 2021 respectively.

 

Resource Sustainability (Composition of Offences) Regulations 2019

These regulations provide that offences under Sections 8(2), 18(3) and 34(3) of the Resource Sustainability Act may be settled out of court.

 

Resource Sustainability (Prescribed Regulated Products) Regulations 2019

These regulations clarify the definitions of regulated products to be controlled as electrical and electronic waste under the Resource Sustainability Act. Most of the regulations came into effect on January 1, 2020 while regulation 5 came into operation on July 1, 2021.

In the First Schedule, following 18 products are listed as “regulated consumer products”.

  1. A printer with a weight of 20 kg or less
  2. A consumer computer
  3. A desktop monitor
  4. A mobile telephone
  5. A router that is not a specified router
  6. A modem
  7. A set-top box
  8. An EMC Class B network switch
  9. A network hub with 8 or fewer ports
  10. A refrigerator
  11. An air-conditioner
  12. A washing machine
  13. A dryer
  14. A television
  15. An electric mobility device
  16. A portable battery
  17. A consumer electric vehicle battery
  18. A consumer lamp

In the Second Schedule, following 11 products are listed as “regulated non-consumer products”.

  1. A printer with a weight above 20 kg
  2. A specified computer
  3. A server
  4. A specified router
  5. A wireless access point
  6. An EMC Class A network switch
  7. A network hub with more than 8 ports
  8. An industrial battery
  9. A non-consumer electric vehicle battery
  10. A specified single-phase lamp that is an incandescent lamp with a power rating of above 100W
  11. A solar photovoltaic panel

Specific definitions and exemptions for each of the above products should be referred to in these regulations. For example, in the case of “printers”, following are exempted from its application.

  • a printer designed to print to paper above A2 size;
  • a printer designed to print only to paper coated with a light-sensitive chemical;
  • a thermal printer;
  • a printer designed for a specialized industrial purpose;
  • a printer designed to print only to labels; or
  • a printer that is integrated as part of another product with one or more other functions, other than a multi-function printer.

 

Resource Sustainability (Exemption for Incidentally Supplied Batteries) Order 2019

This order provides that a “portable battery” or an “industrial battery” that is supplied only in connection with the supply of another product is excluded from Section 8 (requirements for unauthorized supply of regulated products) and Section 18(1)(a) (requirements for records of regulated products by registered producers) of the Resource Sustainability Act.