The UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations came into force as a new piece of producer responsibility legislation in 2014. WEEE aims to reduce the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment ending up in landfill and requires the collection, treatment, recycling and environmentally sound disposal of equipment. These regulations affect all brand owners, importers and distributors or retailers of WEEE and require producers to finance the recycling costs at the end of product life. The WEEE Directive aims to reduce the amount of electrical and electronic equipment being produced and to encourage everyone to reuse, recycle and recover it.
The WEEE Directive also aims to improve the environmental performance of businesses that manufacture, supply, use, recycle and recover electrical and electronic equipment. If you are an importer, rebrander or manufacturer of new electrical or electronic equipment and batteries, then it is likely that you will need to comply with the UK’s WEEE Regulations, which in part implement the WEEE Directive. You may also have obligations under the WEEE Regulations if you are a business with electrical or electronic equipment to dispose of, or if you sell electrical or electronic equipment. Concept will provide information and advice on complying with the regulations to producers of Electrical or Electronic Equipment (EEE).
How do the WEEE regulations affect me?
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations apply to almost all businesses. You will need to comply with them if your business:
• Manufactures electrical and electronic equipment (EEE)
• Imports EEE
• Rebrands EEE
• Redistributes EEE
• Sells EEE
• Stores WEEE
• Treats WEEE
• Dismantles WEEE
• Recycles WEEE
• Disposes of WEEE
• Uses WEEE
• Repairs or refurbishes WEEE
Different electronic products and equipment fall into different WEEE Categories and disposal must be WEEE Compliance.
If you wish to discuss your requirements further don’t hesitate to contact a friendly member of the team.