Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Legislation

Date: Oct 29, 2007

Ratified by the European Commission on February 13, 2003, the objective of Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is to: (i) prevent electrical equipment waste; (ii) encourage reuse and recycling; and (iii) improve the "environmental performance" of producers, distributors, and consumers of electronic products. WEEE applies to specified categories of equipment dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields as well as equipment for the generation, transfer and measurement of such currents and fields. The directive requires manufacturers to consider ways to facilitate the recycling, dismantling and recovery of electronic products and components. WEEE took effect in Europe for all products made or imported there on August 13, 2005.

For a discussion on EU WEEE and RoHS, please click here.

To visit the official EU WEEE website, please click here.

For the full text of the EU WEEE directive, please click here.

Other Jurisdictions

China has also promulgated a WEEE regulation. It is the United States, however, which may present the most problematic compliance landscape. The absence of comprehensive federal regulation governing waste electronic equipment, has prompted states to enact their own WEEE legislation. As a result, manufacturers face an increasingly complex patchwork of inconsistent state requirements. States that have enacted WEEE legislation include: California, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Texas, Oregon, Virginia and Washington.

For a comparison of U.S. state's U.S. WEEE legislation, please click here.

For a presentation on extended producer responsibility and stewardship, please click here.

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