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
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