The WEEE Directive


The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive 2002/96/EC and 2003/108/EC (WEEE Directive) came into force in the UK on 1 January 2007, with full producer responsibility beginning in July 2007. It aims to prevent the production of waste electrical and electronic equipment.

Read more about the European Comissions's proposals for the WEEE and RoHS Directives.

BSI’s publications will help you understand your obligations under the WEEE Directive. See:

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. Requirements and implementationHandbook of guidance for the requirements and implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.

Read more and buy the guide to WEEED.

 

Key standards and publications for compliance with the WEEE Directive

BS EN 50419:2006
Marking of electrical and electronic equipment in accordance with article 11(2) of Directive 2002/96/EC (WEEE)

BS EN 62075:2008
Audio/video, information and communication technology equipment. Environmentally conscious design 

BS EN 62402:2007
Obsolescence management. Application guide . Guide to managing obsolescence

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. Requirements and implementationThe Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. Requirements and implementation

This book is a guide to the WEEE Directive, produced by BSI for manufacturers, importers and exporters of electrical and electronic equipment. It first sets out the background to the WEEE Directive, explaining the need for legislation, how the Directive came to fruition and the requirements and implications for producers and retailers of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). The second part of the survey focuses in detail on the situation in a range of European countries, focusing on EU Member States.

PD CLC/TR 50489:2006
Smart tracker chips. Feasibility study on the inclusion of RFID in electrical and electronic equipment for WEEE management

WEEE Directive FAQs

What is the WEEE Directive timeline?

  • Became European law on 13 February 2003.
  • Member states had to implement Directive by 13 August 2004.
  • Retailers to establish in-store take back or alternative collection systems by 13 August 2005.
  • Targets for recycling and recovery of materials and components from the separately collected WEEE must be met by 31 December 2006.
  • The Directive came into full force on 1 January 2007.
  • Full producer responsibility begins on 7 July 2007.

What are the aims of the WEEE Directive?

  • Reduction of waste arising from electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).
  • To make producers of EEE responsible for the environmental impact of their products, especially when they become waste.
  • To encourage separate collection and subsequent treatment, reuse, recovery, recycling and sound environmental disposal of EEE.
  • To increase recycling and recovery of waste equipment.
  • To improve the environmental performance of all those involved during the lifecycle of EEE.

The WEEE Directive also introduces standards for the treatment of separately collected WEEE and requires sites undertaking WEEE treatment to hold an appropriate permit.

Did you know that under the WEEE Directive:

  • You could be responsible for financing the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of WEEE (‘producer responsibility’)?
  • Private householders may expect to return WEEE to you on a ‘one-for-one’ basis without charge?
  • You will be allowed to establish alternative collection systems as long as these are no less convenient for householders?

What does the WEEE Directive apply to?

It applies to ten main product categories including:

  • IT and telecommunications equipment
  • Household appliances
  • Medical electrical devices
  • Consumer equipment
  • Lighting equipment
  • Electrical and electronic tools
  • Toys, leisure and sports equipment
  • Monitoring and control instruments
  • Automatic dispensers

How will The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. Requirements and implementation help me?

This publication contains a wealth of information to help you achieve compliance, including:

  • Background to the Directive
  • The need for legislation
  • Implications for manufacturers and retailers
  • General requirements for producers
  • Legislation: the implementation process
  • Information for all EC countries
  • Organizations responsible for implementation
  • Permits, registration fees, reporting and penalties
  • Recycling/reuse/recovery organizations: contact details
  • Collection points
  • Notes and additional information
  • Copies of the Directive and Council Decisions

About the WEEE Directive

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive 2002/96/EC and 2003/108/EC (WEEE Directive) came into force in the UK on 1 January 2007 with full producer responsibility beginning in July 2007.

The WEEE Directive aims to prevent the production of waste electrical and electronic equipment, and encourages its reuse, recycling and recovery. It also seeks to improve the environmental performance of all operators involved in the manufacture, supply, use, recycling and recovery of electrical and electronic equipment.

Producers are now responsible for financing the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of WEEE (‘producer responsibility’). The provisions for collection, treatment, recycling and financing took effect from 13 August 2005.

The Directive does not just apply to new products. Producers will be made responsible collectively for goods already on the market.

The Directive is a comprehensive and wide-ranging piece of legislation that many companies mistakenly believe is either not applicable to, or does not affect them. If you manufacture, brand, import, sell, store, treat or dismantle electrical or electronic products within the European Union (EU) the WEEE Directive affects you.

Read more about the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEED) 2002/96/EC

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