Electronic Waste / E-Waste / WEEE
Our coverage of electronic waste provides C2P subscribers with a global perspective of their compliance obligations, along with guidance documents, policy papers and commentaries from leading experts and international organizations.
Electronic waste / E-Waste / WEEE legislation aims to protect the environment and human health by ensuring that waste from electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) is properly managed. It includes requirements for the collection, storage, sorting, transport, treatment, preparation for reuse, recycling and disposal of electronic waste.
It is based on the principle of “extended producer responsibility” in that the responsibility for the management of electronic waste is placed on producers that place EEE on the market. This means that manufacturers and importers must finance the collection, treatment, recycling and environmentally sound disposal of electronic waste from their own products. Manufacturers must also design and produce EEE that facilitates the re-use, dismantling and recovery of electronic waste, its components and materials.
Electronic waste regulations provide for separate waste collection and the marking of products with specific product labeling such as the “crossed out wheelie symbol,” indicating that EEE must not be thrown into general household or municipal waste or disposed to landfill. Distributors or retailers may be required to take-back electronic waste free of charge on a like for like basis which can entail setting up collection points to allow customers to take-back their products at their end-of-life.
To fulfill their financial, reporting, registration and other obligations producers may be required to either set up an individual waste scheme and submit an electronic waste management plan, join a collective electronic waste producer compliance scheme, or participate in a product stewardship program, depending on the requirements in different countries and jurisdictions.
These requirements typically apply to EEE including:
- Large household appliances
- Small household appliances
- Information Technology (IT) equipment
- Telecommunication equipment
- Lighting equipment
- Electrical and electronic tools
- Sports equipment
- Medical devices
- Monitoring and control instruments
- Automatic dispensers
- Gas discharge lamps
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