Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment

The UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations were introduced in 2007 with the aim of reducing the amount of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) ending up in landfill.

The WEEE Regulations require producers and distributors to finance the collection, treatment and recycling or reuse of this fast growing and problematic waste stream.

Who is affected?

Your organisation has a WEEE obligation if any of the following points apply

  • Re-brand, with own brand, EEE that was manufactured by another company

  • Manufacture electrical or electronic equipment (EEE) under own brand

  • Import EEE into the UK

  • Sell EEE to household consumers

If you are still unsure as to whether or not your business is obligated under the WEEE Regulations please call one of our technical advisors on 03450 682 572

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Find out if your organisation is also affected by the RoHS Regulations.

What do you need to do?


Producers

Producers that place more than 5 tonnes of EEE onto the UK market must:

  • join a WEEE compliance scheme within 28 days of placing EEE onto the UK market
  • complete data submissions detailing the amount of EEE placed onto the UK market
  • ensure EEE is marked with the crossed out wheeled bin symbol and a producer identification mark e.g. brand name
  • finance the cost of the collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE

Producers that place 5 tonnes or less of EEE onto the UK market must:

  • register directly with the Environment Agency
  • complete an annual data submission detailing the amount of EEE placed onto the UK market
  • ensure EEE is marked with the crossed out wheeled bin symbol and a producer identification mark e.g. brand name

Distributors

Distributors must provide information to consumers about their role in recycling, the environmental impacts of hazardous substances found in WEEE, the importance of separating WEEE from other waste streams and the meaning of the 'crossed out wheeled bin symbol'.  In addition to this distributors must also:

  • offer in-store take back on a one-for-one like-for-like basis for all types of EEE that they sell

  • OR

  • join the Distributor Take back Scheme (DTS) and make a financial contribution which will be used to help set up WEEE collection facilities throughout the UK

How Valpak can help


Producers

As an approved WEEE compliance scheme we will register you with the relevant environment agency and check and submit your data to ensure compliance. If you are a large producer we also take on the legal responsibility for your compliance with the WEEE Regulations.

To meet this obligation we arrange the collection, treatment and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment.

As part of your membership you will also get:

  • access to fully trained experts who can be contacted for help and advice
  • access to a unique online data submission system offering interactive guidance
  • free training workshops
  • free compliance reviews
  • free industry news e-bulletins
  • access to a dedicated Member Area of the website
  • free use of the Green Dot symbol
  • a certificate of registration
  • lobbying at Government level

Distributor

We can give you guidance on the options available to you; in-store collection of electrical or electronic equipment, or joining the Distributor Take back Scheme. We can also help you to understand what appropriate information you should be providing to customers about the recycling of electrical or electronic equipment.

How much does compliance cost?

There are 3 sets of fees that you will need to pay in order to become compliant with the regulations:

  1. Agency fees – everyone has to pay a set environment agency registration fee each year
  2. Annual Membership fee – this covers our administration costs of checking and verifying your data
  3. Evidence fee – this is the cost of procuring recycling evidence notes needed to meet your obligation (not applicable for producers that place less than 5 tonnes of EEE onto the UK market)

If you would like more details about how we can assist with your business's compliance or you would like a compliance cost forecast, please contact one of our dedicated technical advisors on 03450 682 572 or complete our online enquiry form.