The 2013 WEEE Regulations implement the ‘Extended Producer Responsibility’ requirements under the Recast WEEE Directive 2012. This means that Producers of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) are obligated in a number of ways; however the legislation is very complex, leaving many Producers unsure of their legal obligations.
B2B Compliance provides interpretation of the intricacies of the legislation, guidance to Producers and pragmatic ways forward. Some common questions asked are addressed below:
The first step in identifying whether a company may be obligated under the regulations is to consider the definition of a ‘Producer’;
A ‘Producer’ is defined as:
Our dedicated consultants are always on hand to provide expert advice that is relevant to you! If you would like to discuss your obligations, please do not hesitate to contact our Membership Services Team.
If you determine that you are not a legally obligated Producer then you do not have to take any action – but you may be asked by the regulator to show evidence of your decision-making process. On that basis, booking a review meeting with one of our experts as part of your due diligence decision-making process will be time well invested.
If you ARE legally obligated you are required to join an approved WEEE Compliance Scheme, such as B2B Compliance.
Advantages of joining B2B Compliance
Find out more about B2B Compliance and how to join.
The WEEE Regulations apply to all EEE intended for household and non-household use.
These products are divided into 10 basic categories as detailed in schedule 1 of the Regulations:
Separated from these are product categories that fall under the Hazardous Waste Regulations (11-13) and photovoltaic panels, creating the following four sub categories:
11. Display equipment e.g. TVs and monitors
12. Cooling appliances
13. Gas discharge lamps and LED light sources
14. Photovoltaic panels
Schedule 2 of the regulations provides examples of products within each category but please note that this list is not exhaustive – if your sector does not appear to be covered you may still be obligated. Further guidance is available from both official and non-official sources.
Obligations under the WEEE Regulations depend upon the sector to which the end-user belongs, namely:
Requirements for those supplying EEE to non-household end-users are significantly different from those supplying EEE to households. There are separate collection and funding arrangements for household and non-household equipment:
It is vital that Producers understand the different circumstances which apply to their sector, following the introduction of Dual Use Guidance. For a full explanation and clear guidance, to ensure both legal compliance and protection of your market position, contact membership services.
All Producers have obligations in terms of the EEE they place on the market in the UK, from the initial stages of design and manufacture to financing the collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE once a product reaches the end of its life.
Producers of EEE are obligated to:
Join an Approved Compliance Scheme
Now! B2B Compliance continue to accept new Members as well as Producers that wish to transfer from other Schemes and can ensure their swift compliance to the WEEE Regulations.
Collect & Submit EEE data
Now! Producers must submit data via their compliance scheme relating to the weight of EEE they have placed onto the UK market. At B2B Compliance we have an easy-to-use online data registration site.
Product Mark EEE
Now! You should be marking any new EEE items that are being placed onto the market. Contact us for advice if you are not already marking your products.
Take on Financing Obligations
Now! You are legally obliged to finance the collection and recycling of WEEE for which you are obligated – this does not necessarily mean YOUR old products – for further explanation contact our Membership Services Team.
Recycling Target Attainment and Compliance
Now! Compliance Schemes are required to prove that their members have met all the requirements, targets and evidential submissions required by the legislation.
Producers are required to remain with their Compliance Scheme for the duration of the Compliance Period (a calendar year). Producers, however, can change schemes for the next compliance period during the current Compliance Period. Please contact B2B Compliance to discuss how to change schemes and the benefits gained from becoming a B2B Compliance Member.
A company that falls within scope of the UK WEEE Regulations and is not a Member of an approved Compliance Scheme or registered as a Producer with the Environment Agency, is in breach of the legislation. Contact B2B Compliance to find out how we can assist organisations in this position, how we can advise you on mitigation and ensure swift compliance to the Regulations.