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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directory

 

Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment ("WEEE") Directive 2002/96/EC

Based on

  • Art. 175 (i.e. EU Treaty basis for environmental laws)
  • Producer Responsibility (i.e. financial responsibility for take-back)
  • Includes specific Recovery Targets
  • The WEE directive only sets minimum requirements being under Art 175. See individual country requirements for differences which are in some cases quite significant.

For 'producers' (i.e. manufacturers, companies selling bought in products under there own brand name & importers):

  • Financial responsibility for:
    • transport from collection facilities
    • treatment, recovery, disposal
    • collection from customer required when selling business to business. (alternative arrangements can be made with customer)
  • Producer financial responsibility comes into effect from 13 August 2005.
  • For new products: collective or individual take-back systems are to be permitted
  • For "historic" business to consumer products: collective systems only to be permitted Distributors/retailers:
  • For "historic" business to business products producers only responsible for take back of similar products, otherwise the user is responsible. ( See Directive 2003/108/EC )
  • Documentation for end-of-life treatment is required.
  • Requirement for separate collection of WEEE from private households: = 4 kg/inhabitant/year. by the end of 2006

Recovery/recycling targets are:

EEE Item Total % Recovery Total % Re-use & Recycling
Large household appliances
80
75
Small household appliances
70
50
IT and telecommunications equipment
75
65
Consumer equipment
75
65
Lighting equipment
70
50
Electrical and electronic tools (with the exception of large-scale stationary industrial tools)
70
50
Toys, leisure and sports equipment
70
50
Medical devices (with the exception of all implanted and infected products)
No target
No target
Monitoring and control instruments
70
50
Automatic dispensers
80
75
Gas discharge lamps  
80

 

Treatment:

The following have to be removed from separately collected waste:

  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) containing capacitors
  • Mercury containing components
  • Batteries
  • Printed circuit boards of mobile phones generally, and of other devices if the surface of the printed circuit board is greater than 10 square centimetres
  • Toner cartridges, liquid and pasty, as well as colour toner
  • Plastic containing brominated flame retardants
  • Asbestos waste and components which contain asbestos
  • Cathode ray tubes
  • Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) or hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), hydrocarbons (HC)
  • Gas discharge lamps
  • Liquid crystal displays (together with their casing where appropriate) of a surface greater than 100 square centimetres and all those back-lighted with gas discharge lamps
  • External electric cables
  • Components containing refractory ceramic fibres
  • Components containing radioactive substances with the exception of components that are below the exemption thresholds
  • Electrolyte capacitors containing substances of concern (height > 25 mm, diameter > 25 mm or proportionately similar volume)

Text of the WEEE Directive

Fact Sheet on Producer Responsibility

Fact Sheet on Land Fill Directive

Fact Sheet on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Fact Sheet on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

Fact Sheet on the Restriction on the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in EEE Directive

Fact Sheet on End-of-life Vehicles

Fact Sheet on End-of-life Vehicles Directive

Fact Sheet on Packaging

Arsenic

Bismuth

Cadmium

Chromium 6

Copper

Lead

Mercury

Zinc

 

 

 

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