What is WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)?

WEEE Definition

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive refers to the European Community Directive 2012/19/EU. It mandates the treatment, recovery, and recycling of electric and electronic equipment. WEEE compliance is designed to encourage environmentally safe recycling. All affected products for the EU must adhere to WEEE compliance and carry the “Wheelie Bin” mark. This legislation strives to maintain better control systems for the disposal and reuse of electrical/electronic appliances and parts which can have an adverse effect on the environment when they are disposed of improperly.

What is WEEE


Who does WEEE apply to?

The WEEE regulation covers products that require an electric current, a battery, or solar energy in order to operate. They are categorized into different groups: Temperature exchange equipment, screens, monitors and equipment containing screens (>100cm2), lamps, large equipment, small equipment, and small IT and telecommunication equipment.

*Source: https://news.weeelogic.com

What happens to WEEE waste?

WEEE waste is delivered to a designated treatment facility and broken down into small pieces. Certain metals, non-metallic elements, and plastic are then removed, separated, and categorized for recycling.

*Source: https://www.recyclezone.org.uk

Is weee mandatory?

Companies selling electrical and electronic goods in the European Union (EU) market are required to comply with the WEEE directive.

*Source: https://2016.export.gov

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