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 will affect you.

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

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