WEEE Waste Law & Regulations

What are the WEEE Regulations?

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations apply to electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) in the categories listed below with a voltage of up to 1000 volts for alternating current or up to 1500 volts for direct current. The Waste Electrical and Electronic WEEE regulations came into force on 1st July 2007, making it illegal to dispose of any lamps without a transfer note proving that they are to be recycled, regardless of quantities. The maximum fines are £30,000 per lamp. www.netregs.org.uk

You will need to comply with the WEEE Regulations if you generate, handle or dispose of waste that falls under one of ten categories of WEEE:

Schedule two of the WEEE Regulations provides examples of products falling within these categories. Schedule two of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006 The WEEE Regulations apply to importers, producers, retailers and users of EEE, and to businesses that treat or recover WEEE.

The regulations aim to:

Your environmental regulator will enforce the producer responsibility aspects of the WEEE regulations regarding collection, disposal and processing of WEEE. Contact your environmental regulator

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances Regulations

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Regulations aim to minimise the use of certain hazardous materials in new EEE. The requirements apply to eight of the ten WEEE categories and mainly affect producers of EEE. Producers must provide evidence that concentrations of hazardous materials in their products are below defined levels. This includes all individual components and materials.

Restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS)

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