The Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations (2013) came into law in 2014, superseding the 2006 WEEE regulations.
The aim of this WEEE legislation is to reduce the tonnage of waste going to landfill by setting targets for the collection, recovery and recycling of WEEE. Producers of EEE are made accountable to meet these targets, by taking responsibility for their products when they are wasted. All businesses who place EEE on the UK market for the first time, either by importing, manufacturing, rebranding or distance selling are considered producers under the WEEE directive.
The WEEE regulations for business dictate that producers must:
- Register with a WEEE Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS) or the Environment Agency directly
- Minimise the waste arising from their EEE and promote reuse
- Declare the tonnage of EEE they put onto the UK market
- Facilitate the collection and appropriate disposal of end-of-life waste
- Ensure that all EEE products are correctly labelled
Small and large WEEE producers
The WEEE compliance regulations are different depending on whether or not your business is a small or large producer.
Your business is a large producer if it:
- Places five or more tonnes of EEE on the market in a year.
As such it must register with a WEEE Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS).
Your business is a small producer if it:
- Places under five tonnes of EEE on the market in a year is considered a small producer.
As such it has the option to register with a PCS or directly with the Environment Agency.
Recycling Lives accepts waste from businesses of all sizes, offering a variety of cost-effective WEEE compliance schemes to meet all waste management needs.
If your business sells EEE items directly to household end users you will have an obligation to offer free end-of-life take back services for customers, which provides suitable disposal of products, or join the Distributor Take Back Scheme.