The Regulations around WEEE Recycling
The Waste Electrical 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 reach the end of their working life. 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), like Recycling Lives Compliance Services, 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