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WEEE legislative provisions impose on a manufacturer of electrical and electronic equipment responsible for handling the product at the end of its life cycle, for reuse, recycling and disposal of certain components. The legislation requires manufacturers of electronic equipment registration, reporting and labeling products and as is his responsibility regarding the collection and recycling of products.

WEEE directive (2002/96/EC) requires that producers of electrical and electronic equipment take responsibility for the collection, recycling and treatment of discarded products and financing thereof beginning 13.8.2005. The provisions apply equally to consumer and professional sales. The WEEE directive is a minimum directive which means that each member state is free to set stricter limits and interpret the directive differently. As a result, there are 27 different national interpretations of the WEEE directive.

The recast WEEE Directive (2012/19/EU) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 24.7.2012, and has already entered into force. Producers of electronic and electrical products must transition to an open scope, process for harmonized registration, reporting, and producer definition, meet the requirements for authorized representative for offshore manufacturers with no importer, and meet increased recovery targets.

SBS will help to Implement worldwide WEEE directives.

 Part of SBS WEEE services

  • WEEE Audit: The audit is required to gain an understanding crucial to performing registrations and compliance scheme.
  • WEEE registration: During the registration process, SBS will ensure that customer operations are in compliance with the local WEEE legislation.
  • WEEE reporting service: SBS will complete and submit WEEE reporting data to local registration bodies and ensure that customer fulfils its reporting requirements in each country.
  • WEEE recycling service: SBS support customer with recycling activities where needed. 
  • WEEE dismantling files.


The Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) required producers to recycle waste electrical and electronic equipment from August 2005; the Directive on Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) effectively banned certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products from July 2006. Producers are defined as companies that manufacture affected electrical or electronic equipment, resell equipment produced by other manufacturers, or import such equipment into a Member State.


What’s in the guidance?

This guidance covers good practice options for all stages of the recycling chain from point of disposal through to the production of resultant material streams. It includes signposting to appropriate legislation / guidance and provides good practice examples for the collection and treatment practices of WEEE that are currently being implemented. These examples demonstrate performance, greater traceability and increased value from WEEE and WEEE derived materials.

Why use the guidance?

  • identify opportunities to go beyond compliance and improve the way in which WEEE is collected and treated;
  • improve and increase the business opportunities for those going beyond compliance;
  • increase the quality and quantity of materials for recycling or re-use;
  • support the development of a clearly defined, level playing field and help minimise leakage and illegal export of WEEE from the system;
  • provide advice for end users on how and why their broken and unwanted electricals should be collected and managed / treated; and
  • provide information that can help those responsible for WEEE to improve their performance and better meet their corporate social responsibility commitments.


WEEE Implementation

The original WEEE Directive, 2002/96/EC, came into force in 2003 and first impacted the EU in 2005.

In 2008 it was proposed that the original directive be amended to address specific aspects that needed improving. The final amended text is still in negotiation and will not be in force until it is published in the Official Journal of the EU. Although the final version may not appear until late in 2012, the provisional text and response text are available for viewing online now. The amendments are expected to include the establishment of these requirements1,2:

  • New, higher WEEE collection targets for Member States seven years after entry into force, with an intermediate target four years after entry into force.
  • Minimum recycling and recovery targets which vary by product category type.
  • Free return of small EEE (all dimensions < 25cm) must be offered to consumers by large stores (> 400m2 EEE sales space) unless an alternative procedure at least as effective is enforced.
  • A scope that will include all EEE six years after entry into force, with additional exemptions applied. This change is subject to full review by the European Commission.
  • Harmonized registration and reporting requirements throughout the EU. While these requirements are national in principle, they allow for effective enforcement at the Member State level.
  • Minimum requirements for used equipment shipments that are suspected to contain illegal e-waste, including the reversal of the normal burden of proof.



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