WEEE and its implications

WEEE Legislation explained

WEEE is one of the fastest growing waste streams – around 1.8 million tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment are generated every year in the UK alone (Environment Agency, 2009).

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WEEE Directive

Following on from the original WEEE Directive of 2003 a ‘Recast’ WEEE Directive was published on 25th July 2012 and was transposed, after significant consultation, into the 2013 UK WEEE Regulations.

For the latest developments regarding the WEEE Regulations for 2015 contact the team at info@b2bcompliance.org.uk.

Download the Recast WEEE Directive

UK WEEE Regulations

The existing UK WEEE Regulations 2013 replaced the previous 2006 regulations on 1st January 2014.

Obligated Producers are required to:

  • Register with an Approved Compliance Scheme, such as B2B Compliance
  • Label all EEE products
  • Finance the recovery and recycling of WEEE

Further Information and FAQs relating to the WEEE regulations and associated producer responsibilities can be found on our WEEE Info pages.

Download the 2013 WEEE Regulations

Europe

The implementation of producer responsibility for WEEE varies across the European Union. Whilst all member states transposed their WEEE regulations from same WEEE directive, different systems for registration, reporting and WEEE take-back exist in each member state.

If you are operating across Europe, and have assessed your obligations, we can help you understand where and how you would be affected, and assist with registration and data reporting. We can support you and minimise your risk of non-compliance and substantial fines.

Please call us on 0845 980 6829 to discuss your next steps towards compliance in Europe.

External Guidance

Non-statutory guidance published by BIS provides guidance concerning important aspects of the UK WEEE Regulations, in particular the Scope of the Regulations.

Orgalime (the European Federation of Trade Associations – which acts as a focal lobbying point for those Associations in the European Parliament) has published “A Practical Guide to Understanding the Scope of the WEEE and ROHS Directives”. The illustrated guide (relating to the first WEEE Directive) provides interpretations, criteria and decision trees, whilst focusing on the “grey areas” that stem from the WEEE and ROHS Directives.

The European Commission has also published an FAQ document on the recast WEEE Directive (below).

Producers should be aware that there are often conflicting views on issues of scope and are strongly recommended to contact B2B Compliance for further advice.

Download the Government guidance notes

 

Download the EC FAQs

 

Latest Developments

The 2013 UK WEEE Regulations came into force on 1st January 2014.

BIS Dual Use Guidance can be downloaded here.

BIS Code of Practice for DCFs can be downloaded here.

While elements of the new Regulations still remain a grey area B2B Compliance will be keeping its Members up to date throughout the Compliance Year.

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