About Our WEEE Compliance Services

Recycling Lives Compliance Services are unique. We are the only waste electrical and electronic equipment  (WEEE) producer compliance scheme to be partnered with an (AATF) - recycling and reporting on the equivalent of 4M kettles, 198,000 TVs, 75,000 kettles and much more each year.

  • Assuming legal responsibility for complying with WEEE regulations for producers
  • Sourcing and financing collections nationwide to generate evidence
  • Opportunities to process and recycle WEEE within prisons to support offender rehabilitation

With extensive industry knowledge and a clear understanding of WEEE regulations for business our WEEE compliance consultants are well placed to advise you on your business’ responsibilities and requirements. We will assume legal responsibility for your organisation to comply with WEEE legislation both in the UK and across Europe.

WEEE Compliance

The regulations and your responsibilities

The WEEE directive was updated in 2014 to reduce the amount of WEEE going to landfill by setting regulations for businesses to ensure the collection, recovery and recycling of WEEE. It also sets out requirements to minimise the waste arising from EEE and to promote reuse where possible.

It is a criminal offence to not comply with the Regulations, but adherence to the directive is simplified by Recycling Lives WEEE Compliance Scheme. We will assume all responsibility for your obligations by arranging the collection, treatment and recycling of WEEE for you, and will also register you with the relevant Environment Agency. We work with any UK business placing WEEE on the market, providing cost-effective, compliant solutions with a unique solutions to creating social impact from your WEEE operations.

who we work with

  • tomee tippee ®
  • RIVER ISLAND
  • Superdrug
  • makita ®
  • claire's

Benefits designed to help your business

  • Unique partnership between Compliance scheme and an Approved Authorised Treatment Facility
  • Assuming legal responsibility for complying with WEEE regulations and WEEE legislation
  • Transparent approach to funding and securing collection and treatment partners
  • Dedicated account managers; experts in WEEE regulations for business
  • Secure destruction facilities with ability to view footage of processing
  • Opportunities to report direct CSR from WEEE processing and recycling through Recycling Lives offender rehabilitation and job creation programmes

WEEE Solutions that have a social Impact

Each of our WEEE producer compliance schemes contributes to the creation of significant social value through Recycling Lives charitable programmes - so your WEEE compliance becomes a social, as well as commercial and legal, activity.

We can create opportunities for your WEEE to be processed within one of Recycling Lives’ HMP Academies, creating and sustaining meaningful work for offenders in prisons. Men and women process end-of-life products, contributing to their own personal development, and your adherence to WEEE legislation; allowing you to report social, as well as environmental and legislative, impact from waste streams.

Our Facilities

We manage WEEE recycling facilities across the UK, both at our own Recycling Park and in eight of our 10 HMP Academies. Here, waste equipment and items are processed, ahead of recycling through Recycling Lives’ industry-leading fragmentiser, which shreds and separates composite materials ready for reuse. In this way, Recycling Lives Compliance Services are unique in having an established partnership with Recycling Lives’ Approved Authorised Treatment Facility (AATF), its 15-acre .

Recycling Lives’ HMP Academies programme is an offender rehabilitation scheme, creating opportunities for men and women in prison. Programme participants undertake recycling work while improving their skills, earning an enhanced wage, achieving qualifications and having support to secure employment and accommodation ahead of release.

WEEE Compliance
Creating Opportunities

All our commercial activities support and sustain our charitable programmes; reducing reoffending, supporting homeless men and redistributing food. These create opportunities through:

  • HMP Academies - offenders in prison undertake meaningful work, in recycling and waste management processes, to gain transferable life and work skills ahead of release;
  • Residential Support - individuals who would otherwise be homeless are supported to regain their independence and move into work and housing;
  • Food Redistribution - small charities and community groups are supported to reduce their running costs and expand their service offering as we redistribute surplus food from supermarkets and suppliers to them.

Accreditations

  • Environment Agency
  • ICER
  • SEPA Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru Natural Resources Wales ®
  • NIEA Northern Ireland Environment Agnecy
  • BMRA

WEEE Compliance Explained

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.

WEEE Distributors

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.

Which category are you in?

The WEEE regulations apply to any equipment requiring an electrical current to carry out its primary function (this can be either battery-run goods or goods run on mains power).

Under WEEE law, there are 14 categories of WEEE that are used for reporting purposes. Producers must, therefore, decide which category their equipment falls under from the following:

  • Large household appliances, e.g. all white goods excluding cooling equipment
  • Small household appliances, e.g. toasters, blenders, irons, vacuum cleaners
  • IT and telecoms equipment, e.g. internet receiver, computers, printers, phones
  • Consumer equipment, e.g. radios, speakers, electronic musical instruments – but not televisions
  • Display Equipment, e.g. televisions and monitors
  • Lighting equipment
  • Gas Discharge Lamps and LED light sources
  • Electrical and electronic tools, e.g. drills, saws, sewing machines – but not large stationary industrial tools
  • Toys, leisure and sports equipment, e.g. video games, sports equipment with electrical components, electrical train sets
  • Medical devices, e.g. dialysis machines, ventilators
  • Monitoring and Control Instruments, e.g. smoke detectors, thermostats
  • Automatic Dispensers, e.g. ATMs, vending machines
  • Cooling Equipment, e.g. refrigerators
  • Photovoltaic (Solar) Panels

This list is not exhaustive - our WEEE compliance consultants can advise you on the category your equipment falls in to.

WEEE Compliance FAQs

Find the answers to all your questions about WEEE Compliance.

Q: What are WEEE
regulations?
A:

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2013 are the UK interpretation of an EU Directive intended to ensure the environmentally safe disposal of WEEE. Under these regulations, the producers and distributors of EEE are required to take responsibility for the products they place on the market, especially when it becomes waste.

Q: Who enforces WEEE
regulations?
A:

The Environment Agency is the government body that ensures WEEE regulations are enforced. Failure to comply with WEEE regulations could result in court proceedings and significant fines. The regulatory authorities are duty bound to find producers and distributors who do not comply with the law. They also monitor registered producers to ensure the data submitted is ‘as accurate as possible'.

Q: What is WEEE
compliance?
A:

WEEE compliance refers to the regulations, as above, that all EEE producers and distributors must comply with.

Q: What is a WEEE
compliance scheme?
A:

All companies that produce or distribute EEE are required by law to provide evidence of the responsible disposal of their products. In order to do this, you must register with a WEEE Producer Compliance Scheme or the Environment Agency. The scheme will effectively compile proof of responsible disposal of WEEE, and ensure that your duty of care and legal obligations are fulfilled in accordance with UK and EU safety legislation.

Recycling Lives guarantees a full WEEE compliance services for your business, offering detailed reports that can be tailored to your specific requirements.

Q: Which EEE are exempt from
the WEEE regulations?
A:

WEEE exemptions include:

  • non-electrical equipment
  • filament bulbs
  • household lighting
  • military equipment
  • large scale industrial tools
  • implanted or infected medical equipment
  • equipment that is a part of a larger piece of equipment which falls outside of WEEE regulations e.g. part of an aeroplane.

Our WEEE compliance consultants can advise you on whether your items fall under WEEE regulations.

Q: What is the difference between household
and non-household WEEE?
A:

If your EEE can be used within a household environment, then you need to declare it as a household product. Equally, if your EEE is just for use in a non-household environment, this must be declared as well. In technical terms, household EEE is classified as ‘B2C’ and non-household EEE is classified as ‘B2B’.
In order to determine whether or not your product is household or non-household, you must consider the following attributes:

  • Power supply and voltage
  • Size and weight
  • Performance and purpose
  • Durability

Recycling Lives Recycling Park can process and offer full compliance services for a wide variety of household and non-household WEEE.

why work with us

Martin Chown Supply Chain Director Sellafield Limited We are committed to ensuring our local communities derive maximum economic benefit from the money we spend at Sellafield, by insisting companies that win work with us to invest to support local growth. Recycling Lives has these values at its core and I’m excited by their plans. The contract win also allowed for the creation of a number of jobs in Cumbria as we work to open a new site in the county, creating jobs for yard operatives, drivers and site managers. Read moreRead less
Jeremy Hartley Managing Director Eric Wright Group The Eric Wright Group has always recognised the importance of supporting the local community and using our business activities to improve people’s lives. Working with Recycling Lives gives us an opportunity to continue to make a real difference and achieve more through working together. Read moreRead less
Steve Giblin Group HSSEQ Director Speedy Critical to the appointment of Recycling Lives was its enlightened approach to social value. In Recycling Lives we have found a supplier that matches our own company values and ethos while delivering the services we need. This approach provided a clear advantage over their competitors and is, we believe, a unique offering within the sector. Read moreRead less
Josh Steiner Social Value & Sustainability Manager Wates Group Recycling Lives has reaped the rewards of strong commercial and social credentials to secure large-scale contracts. The high value and quality nature of the service, alongside its demonstrable social benefits has prompted the organisation’s ongoing success, allowing it to expand its range of services and open in new locations to achieve nationwide coverage Read moreRead less

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wee compliance key dates:

Ensure you don’t miss the key dates in the compliance calendar:

  • Batteries Compliance
Batteries - 2019 Membership Fee Increase

In August, the Recycling Lives’ membership fee and the Environment Agency registration fee for batteries compliance will be raised for all of Recycling Lives’ members.

  • Batteries Compliance
Batteries - 2019 Details Verification File Released

The Details Verification File is released at the same time as the 2019 membership fee for batteries compliance. It is used to confirm that the current member details on file are correct.

  • Batteries Compliance
Batteries – Deadline for 2018 Q3 Data Submission

Submit your third quarter batteries data through the Recycling Lives website by this date.

  • Batteries Compliance
Batteries – Deadline for Large Battery Producers to Register with a Scheme

Battery producers placing more than 1 tonne of batteries onto the UK market need to be registered with a scheme by this date.