Legislation in the EU

EU rules on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment are established by the so-called WEEE Directive that was amended most recently in 2012.

The WEEE Directive requests all EU Member States to introduce rules on collection and treatment as well as recovery of WEEE. Accordingly, producers and importers will bear all expenses for management and treatment of WEEE.

Directive requirements for producers and importers

  • Anyone putting electrical and electronic equipment on the market must register in the national producer register.

  • Annual reporting to the national register of quantities placed on the market, taken back, and treated.

  • All products in the scope must be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol.

  • All costs relating to management of waste electrical equipment must be borne by the producers and they must provide a financial guarantee for future management costs.

Last edited: 10/02/2015
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