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Wider Range of Products to be Added to the 'WEEE' Regulations

23 March 2018

The aim of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations is to combat the rapid growth of waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) and its impact on the environment due to its hazardous content. Measures are established for its treatment, reuse, recovery and recycling.

From the beginning of January 2019, the scope of Electrical and Electronic Equipment covered by the Regulations will change and will incorporate a wider range of products.

Compliance periods are established and producers will be responsible for financing the costs of the collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE from electronic and electrical equipment (EEE) which they have marketed in the UK during that period.

What is the legislation: Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations SI 2013/3113

Who does this affect: UK

When does this change take place: 1st January 2019

From 1 January 2019, a compliance scheme operator must provide information to the appropriate authority on the total amount, in tonnes, of WEEE during the relevant compliance period that:

  • they have collected from a designated collection facility;

  • has been returned to them;

  • they have taken back from private households.

From 2019, the minimum collection rate to be achieved annually will be 65% of the average weight of EEE placed on the market in the three preceding years.

The changes mean that all EEE will come into scope unless it is specifically excluded.

The full text of the Regulations may be found here.

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk