WEEE Compliance

Valpak is the UK’s largest, most established environmental compliance
scheme
, managing compliance for more than 3,000 businesses

WEEE compliance is where obligated manufacturers, sellers, re-branders and importers of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) have taken steps to comply with the requirements of the WEEE Regulations.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment 

Who needs to comply?

If your business manufactures, re-brands, imports electrical or electronic equipment (EEE) or sells EEE to household consumers, it will be affected by the WEEE Regulations.

It is important to establish if your business is obligated, as non-compliance may result in hefty fines and/ or damage to business reputation.

Your organisation has a WEEE obligation if it:

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

  • Manufactures electrical or electronic equipment (EEE) under own brand in the UK

  • Imports EEE into the UK

  • Sells EEE to household consumers

Are you obligated under
the WEEE
Regulations?

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If your business is obligated to comply with the WEEE Regulations it is likely that it is also obligated to comply with the RoHS Regulations. Visit our RoHS Compliance web page to find out more.

Next steps...

Manufacturers / 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 annual or quarterly data submissions to report 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 (For B2C producers this is done via a compliance scheme)

Distributors / Sellers

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

 
 
 

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

  • register directly with the Environment Agency within 28 days of placing EEE onto the UK market
  • complete an annual data submission to report 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

Simply contact us via our enquiry form, email us or call 03450 682 572 for more information.


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How much will compliance cost?

A business will need to pay three sets of fees in order to become compliant with the Regulations:

  1. Agency fees – Every business has to pay a set environment agency registration fee each year
  2. Valpak Annual membership fee – This covers our administration costs of checking and verifying 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)

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Why Valpak?

Manufacturers / Producers

We are an approved WEEE compliance scheme and will register a business with the relevant environment agency and check and submit data to ensure compliance. For large producers, we will also take on the legal responsibility for compliance with the Regulations. To meet this obligation we arrange the collection, treatment and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment.

Additional Valpak membership benefits include:

  • 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
  • industry news e-bulletins
  • access to a dedicated Members' Area of our website
  • free use of the Green Dot symbol
  • a certificate of registration
  • representation at Government level
  • regulatory changes and consultations updates
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Distributors / Sellers

We offer guidance on the options available: in-store collection of electrical or electronic equipment or joining the Distributor Take back Scheme. We also advise businesses on what information should be provided to their customers about how to recycle electrical or electronic equipment.

Contact us

If you are interested in joining our scheme, or simply wish to talk through your requirements with one of our experts, please do not hesitate to contact us via our enquiry form, email us or call 03450 682 572.




"We have been using Valpak for a number of years, initially for waste packaging data submissions and more recently to ensure our business is compliant with WEEE Regulations. The business support they offer is excellent, ensuring that they have a full understanding of our business requirements through dedicated account managers."

York Barbell (UK) Ltd
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