Helping you comply with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive
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The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. Requirements and implementation
If you manufacture, brand, import, sell, store, treat or dismantle electrical or electronic products within the European Union (EU) the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive will affect you. The WEEE Directive came into force in the UK on 1 January 2007. It is a comprehensive and wide-ranging piece of legislation that many companies mistakenly believe is either not applicable to, or does not affect them.
This handbook is a guide to the WEEE Directive, produced by BSI for manufacturers, importers and exporters of electrical and electronic equipment.
The book is in three parts. First, it 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. New information on countries’ implementing measures will be added as it becomes available, including information on countries not included in this edition. Copies of the Directive and Council Decisions are included in the final part of the book.
How to dispose of waste in an ecologically sound way with minimum impact to the environment is a contentious issue. Under European environmental legislation, producers are required to take responsibility for the environmental impact of their products, especially when they become waste.
Production and sales of new and replacement EEE are ever-increasing, which means that the disposal of waste equipment needs to be addressed.
It is estimated that there are approximately 6.5 million tonnes of WEEE produced in the EU each year, a figure which is expected to rise by around 5% per annum. Waste disposal is therefore an important issue and an urgent one.
The WEEE Directive has been introduced by the EC to address the problem. It covers a very broad range of electrical and electronic products, including household appliances, IT and telecommunications devices, audio-visual equipment (e.g. TVs, VCRs, CD players, radios), lighting, tools, toys, leisure goods and sports equipment. It requires producers of EEE to meet the costs of recovering and recycling their products when they become waste.
The WEEE regulations came into force in the UK on 1 January 2007 with full producer responsibility beginning in July 2007. This book will help you achieve compliance with the Directive.
Contents of the guide to the WEEE Directive contain:
- Country Information
- European Union countries
- Non-EU countries
- Implementation in the United Kingdom (UK)
Information is included for each country, including:
- General requirements for producers
- Legislation: the implementation process
- Organizations responsible for implementation
- Permits, registration fees, reporting and penalties
- Recycling/reuse/recovery organizations: contact details
- Collection points
- Notes and additional information
- Copies of Directives 2002/96/EC ((WEEE) and 2002/95/EC (RoHS) are also included.
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