The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006

Boardroom Briefing

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is the fastest growing type of waste in the UK. You must handle and store it correctly and ensure that it is disposed of at an authorised facility.

The Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006 aim to reduce the amount of this waste going to landfill and improve recovery and recycling rates.

EU directive

The Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006 transpose the main provisions of Council Directive 2002/96/EC of 27th January 2003 on waste electrical and electronic equipment (OJ No. L37, 13.2.2003, p.24) as amended by Council Directive 2003/108/EC (OJ No. L345, 31.12.2003, p.106) (as amended)

Who needs to comply?

You will need to comply with the WEEE Regulations if you:

  • Manufacture or import electrical or electronic equipment Distribute electrical or electronic equipment;
  • Generate any electrical or electronic waste;
  • Collect electrical or electronic waste from your customers for treatment or disposal;
  • Operate a waste treatment facility;
  • Export electrical or electronic waste;
  • You may be prosecuted if you fail to comply with the regulations. Your business must store, collect, treat, recycle and dispose of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) separately from other waste.

You must get and keep proof that you gave your WEEE to a waste management company and that they treated and disposed of it without harming the environment. If your business produces, distributes or sells electrical or electronic equipment you may have to comply with additional requirements under the WEEE Regulations.

Supervision

Further information

Reference

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations

UK/2006/SI/3289