EU Directive on Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)

EU Directive on Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)

EU Directive on Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)


  • Take back requirements
  • Recycling quotas
  • Incentives to design electrical and electronic equipment in an environmentally more efficient way, which takes waste management aspects fully into account
  • Consumers will be able to return their equipment free of charge


  • Directive 2002/96/EC of 27 January 2003
  • Implementation 13. February 2003
  • Regulations for WEEE to be made 2005

Product groups

  • Large and small household appliances
  • IT and telecommunications equipment
  • Consumer and lighting equipment
  • Electrical and electronic tools (with the exception of large-scale stationary industrial tools)
  • Toys, leisure and sports equipment
  • Medical devices
  • Monitoring and control instruments
  • Automatic dispensers


  • "Distributor" or "producer" are obliged to follow the requirements
  • Rules are not of direct relevancy for (component) supplier
  • Watch out for requirements, which will be passed down the supply chain by your customers
  • Separate Collection ≥ 4 kg per inhabitant and year from households (per country)
  • Large household appliances, automatic dispensers
    • ≥ 80 w.-% recovery; ≥ 75 w.-% re-use, recycling

  • ICT, consumer electronics
    • ≥ 75 w.-% recovery; ≥ 65 w.-% re-use, recycling

  • Small household appliances, lighting equipment, electrical and electronic tools (without large-scale stationary industrial tools), toys, leisure and sports equipment monitoring and control instruments
    • ≥ 70 w.-% recovery; ≥ 50 % re-use/ recycling

  • WEEE from private households (B2C)
    • Producers install systems for take back free of cost for final user, at least take back from public collection points
    • Individual or collective systems possible
    • Producers take over cost of re-use, recycling, disposal
    • Distributors voluntarily (but free of cost) may take back WEEE

  • WEEE from other than private users (B2B)
    • Producer has to offer appropriate possibility for take back for B2B customers
    • Producer responsible for collection, re-use, recycling, disposal, and costs of "new" WEEE

Eco-Design Relevancy

  • Member States shall inspire the design and production of EEE
    • Which take into account and facilitate dismantling and recovery
    • Priority on reuse and recycling of WEEE, their components and materials

  • In this context, Member States shall take appropriate measures so that
    • Producers do not prevent, through specific design features or manufacturing processes, WEEE from being reused
    • Unless such specific design features or manufacturing processes present overriding advantages, for example, with regard to the protection of the environment and/or safety requirements

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