The UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations were first introduced in 2007 with the aim of reducing the amount of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) ending up in landfill. These Regulations were updated in 2013 to revoke the 2006 regulations, incorporating the recast Directive 2012/19/EU and aspects arising from the Red Tape Challenge government initiative. These regulations came into force on 1 January 2014.
Who is affected ?
Organisations will be affected by the WEEE Regulations if they carry out any of the following activities:
- Manufacture EEE under their own brand
- Re-brand, with their own brand, EEE that was manufactured by another company
- Import EEE into the UK
- Sell EEE to household consumers
What do you need to do ?
Organisations affected by the WEEE Regulations must:
- Join a WEEE compliance scheme within 28 days of placing EEE onto the UK market
- Complete data submissions detailing the amount of EEE they have placed onto the UK market
- Ensure their EEE is marked with the crossed out wheeled bin symbol and a producer identification mark e.g. brand name
- Finance the cost of collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE
If organisations sell EEE to household consumers then they must provide information to consumers about:
- Their role in recycling
- The environmental impacts of hazardous substances found in WEEE
- The importance of separating WEEE from other waste streams
- The meaning of the crossed out wheeled bin symbol
- Offer free in store take back on a one-for-one like-for-like basis for all types of EEE they sell
- Join the Distributor Take back Scheme (DTS) and make a financial contribution which will be used to help set up WEEE collection facilities throughout the UK
If you think your organisation may be affected by the WEEE Regulations and you would like any guidance or advice please call our friendly team at Valpak on 03450 682 572 or complete our enquiry form.