The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive, otherwise known as the WEEE Directive (2002/96/EC), has been enacted in the EU with the aim of limiting the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment, including electromedical devices, destined for landfill after the item has reached the end of its useful life.

 

The purpose of the Directive is to restrict the amount of pollution caused by chemicals and substances leaching out of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) into land and water.

The WEEE Directive requires that producers/importers of EEE must register with the relevant national authorities, advise the national authorities of the weight of products they place on the EU market, and mark their products with a symbol (illustrated), to discourage end users from disposing of them in general waste.

 

Manufacturers must also make available advice on how to dismantle and dispose of the equipment in the least hazardous and most environmentally friendly way.

 

Producers/importers are also financially responsible for the recovery and environmentally sound disposal of their products at end of life, usually by means of national collection schemes.

 

A revised WEEE Directive has now been published (2012/19/EU), which will take effect from 15 February 2014, but the basic requirements to be met by manufacturers and distributors have not changed significantly. The major changes are to the recycling and reuse targets that have to be met by each country.

 

Our Environmental Systems Specialist can help you:

 

  • Interpret the regulations relevant to your organisation

  • Set up the necessary data collection procedures

  • Identify a suitable collection scheme

  • Meet the requirements for equipment disassembly instructions

  • Develop standard operating procedures for WEEE management

 

Contact us for more information on how GEMAR can help you meet the EU legal requirements on electronic and electrical waste management, or to talk with our Environmental Systems Specialist.