Are you selling products in the UK? Then you may be classed as a producer of EEE under the WEEE directive.
What is EEE?
EEE is Electrical and Electronic Equipment and is defined as equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly and equipment for the generation, transfer and measurement of such currents and fields. As a general rule of thumb, if it has a battery or needs a power supply to work properly, it is EEE and there are structures in place to reuse/recycle this equipment when it reaches end of life.
You’re a producer of EEE in the UK if you:
- manufacture and sell EEE under your own brand in the UK
- resell equipment made by someone else under your own brand (if the maker’s brand appears on the equipment they are the producer)
- import EEE on a commercial basis into the UK
- are established outside of the UK and supply EEE directly to the UK market by distance selling (for example online, mail order, by phone)
If you fall into any of the above categories you are required to register and report the weight of all products placed on the UK market with the Environment agency.
There are two ways you can do this:
- If you place Under 5 tonnes of EEE on the UK market within a year period (Jan-Dec) then you can register directly with the EA and pay the registration fee.
This can be done via the national packaging waste database within 28 days of placing products on the UK market
- If you place over 5 tonnes of EEE on the UK market, then you must register with a Producer Compliance Scheme who will manage your WEEE responsibilities on your behalf.
Lumicom is a PCS set up specifically to service and help manage, your obligation in the lighting sector. Speak to our professional team on 0845 643 0304 opt 1 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not a producer, you need to offer a take-back scheme under the WEEE Directive
You have certain responsibilities if you sell electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).
You must provide a way for your customers to dispose of their old household electrical and electronic equipment when you sell them a new version of the same item.
The waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) regulations apply regardless of how you sell the products, whether direct or by internet, mail order or telephone.
You must either:
- provide a free, in store, take back service to your customers
- set up an alternative, free take back service
If you do not have your own take back service, you must join the Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS).
Failure to comply with the above could lead to prosecution