Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2006

Applies to EnglandApplies to WalesApplies to Scotland

Title: Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006

Category: England, Wales and Scotland Regulations

Date: 2006

Reference: SI 2006/3289 [Full text]

General Description:

Generally known as the WEEE regulations, these regulation implement the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (Council Directive 2002/96/EC - the WEEE Directive). This aims to minimise the impact of electrical and electronic goods on the environment, by increasing re-use and recycling and reducing the amount of WEEE going to landfill. It seeks to achieve this by making producers responsible for financing the collection, treatment, and recovery of waste electrical equipment, and by obliging distributors to allow consumers to return their waste equipment free of charge.

The UK Regulations implementing the WEEE Directive were laid before Parliament on 12 December 2006 and enter into force on 2 January 2007.

The WEEE Regulations apply to electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) which falls within the 10 product categories listed in the WEEE Directive:-  

  1. Large household appliances
  2. Small household appliances
  3. IT & Telecommunications equipment
  4. Consumer equipment
  5. Lighting equipment
  6. Electrical and electronic tools
  7. Toys lesiure and sports equipment
  8. Medical devices
  9. Monitoring and control instruments
  10. Automatic dispensers

The WEEE Regulations will apply to the following groups :

  • Producers (any business that manufactures, imports or rebrands electrical and electronic products)
  • Retailers and Distributors  (any business that sells electrical and electronic equipment to end users)
  • Local authorities 
  • Waste management industry
  • Exportersand reprocessors
  • Businesses and other non-household users of EEE

Producers of Electronic and Electrical Equipment are those who manufacture the product, import the product or resell the product under their own brand. For example, when a company manufactures a new electric heater they will have to put in place a scheme to collect and recover it when it later is discarded by a business such as a farm and it becomes waste.

The WEEE Regulations will not apply directly to farmers as they do not carry out the types of activities as outlined above. However the waste exemptions 40 and 41 have been amended so that WEEE can be stored by the person whose waste it is pending its collection.

Pertinence to Agriculture: Waste, Sustainable Development, Electronic Waste

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