In response to the ever growing volume of discarded electrical and electronic appliances, the European Parliament passed the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive in 2002. This law aims to avoid and reduce volumes of waste electrical and electronic equipment as well as to ensure discarded appliances are treated using environmentally sound processes.
The underlying principle behind the WEEE Directive is product responsibility. Producers must fulfil the following obligations:
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REMONDIS Electrorecycling can help: depending on the current laws and our appointed tasks, we can set up and/or operate a wide range of take-back schemes to ensure the collection target of 4kg WEEE per inhabitant is reached
Besides setting out the producers’ responsibilities, the WEEE Directive also contains the following regulations:
The RoHS Directive (Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment), which was also passed by the European Parliament in 2002, focuses on the production of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). It limits the use, for example, of brominated flame retardants, cadmium, lead, mercury and other hazardous substances in EEE. Its aim: to reduce potential risks and so protect human health and the environment, to ensure natural resources are handled responsibly as well as to improve the way discarded appliances are recycled.
Responsibility lies with the distributors!
As the producers are the companies placing the products on the market, they must make sure their product components, sub-assemblies and alloys comply with the RoHS
Amendments are being made to the WEEE and RoHS Directives all the time to keep up with technological developments and reflect the latest findings. REMONDIS Electrorecycling is doing exactly the same – making sure it always has suitable solutions and facilities in place.
Examples of how the WEEE Directive has been extended include the broadening of the Directive’s scope of application as well as the gradual increase in the collection targets and recycling rates – the aim here being to promote the conservation of natural resources and ensure producers are responsible for the collection and treatment of their products. Click here to read the latest regulations.
A number of amendments have been made to the RoHS Directive, for example, to implement new procedures to evaluate substances, which may be banned in the future, as well as to set out the relevant evaluation criteria. Click here to learn more.
The member states are responsible for ensuring the main provisions of the WEEE and RoHS Directives are implemented in their countries by transposing them and any amendments into national law within a specified period of time. Click here to find out more about the differences between the laws of the various member states and about the solutions REMONDIS has set up.
Each country has regulated the question of producer responsibility differently – simply click on one of the hotspots above to learn more
The WEEE Directive currently differentiates between ten different categories of electrical and electronic equipment. Each individual member state can decide whether and to what extent these collection groups may or may not be combined.