Dealers and distributors

It is not legal for distributors and dealers to buy electrical equipment from producers/importers not having assumed their producer responsibility for equipment in Denmark, including registration with DPA-System.

You may check whether a distributor has registered for producer responsibility by asking the company or verifying whether it has registered with DPA-System.

Note: Distributors and dealers are obliged to ensure that the purchaser receives various information, including how the user should manage equipment at the end of its useful life.

Take-back of waste electrical equipment

Companies subject to producer responsibility have a take-back duty relating to WEEE. For electrical equipment designed for professional use the company subject to producer responsibility may agree with the purchaser that the latter is in charge of waste management duties and any ensuing costs (transfer of waste management responsibility).

Retailers, fitting contractors, distributors and other dealers of electrical equipment have the right but not the duty to take back waste electrical equipment.

Options and rules for how distributors and dealers can discard waste electrical equipment differ:

Waste electrical equipment destined for use similar to private use

  • Can be discarded under municipal collection schemes, typically at recycling centres. (If quantities are too large the local authority can reject it at the recycling centre. The distributor will in this case have to make an agreement with one of the collective schemes to have it picked up from the distributor or to have the collective scheme designate a location for disposal of the waste.)
  • Can be discarded directly with the producer or his collective scheme

It is not legal to discard WEEE from equipment destined for use similar to private use in other ways than those described above.

Waste electrical equipment destined for professional use

  • Can be discarded directly with the producer or his collective scheme. (If the purchaser of the professional equipment has agreed with the producer that the former has taken over the waste management duty the producer is no longer obliged to take back and treat this equipment)
  • Can be discarded with an environmentally approved recycling company designated by the local authority
  • Can be discarded with an environmentally approved recycling company found through other channels
Last edited: 17/06/2011
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