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WEEE - Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

DIRECTIVE 2012/19/EU (dated 4 July 2012) will repeal DIRECTIVE 2002/96/EC (dated 27 January 2003) with effect from 15 February 2014.

This directive applies to all electrical and electronic equipment, or EEE, covered by the directive scope and put on the market before and after 13 August 2005.

This directive is designed to prevent waste of EEE and to promote the reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery of any waste.

Concerning the financing of historical WEEE, i.e. EEE put on national markets before 13 August 2005, producers of B2B EEE have to finance the costs of WEEE management, but national legislation may stipulate that users of B2B EEE are made partly or fully responsible for WEEE financing.

Concerning the financing of new WEEE, i.e. EEE put on national markets from 13 August 2005 onward, producers of B2B EEE have to provide the costs of collection, treatment, recovery and disposal of WEEE.

Producers and users of B2B EEE can agree other financing methods.

Regarding new WEEE, compliance requirements are triggered when producers (i.e. manufacturer or importer (e.g. manufacturer, distributor, retailer etc.) puts EEE on national markets for the first time.

The following categories of EEE are defined, where the equipment is designed for use with a voltage rating not exceeding 1000 volts for alternating current and 1500 volts for direct current -

1 Large household appliances
2 Small household appliances
3 IT & telecommunications equipment

Consumer equipment and photovoltaic panels

5 Lighting equipment
6 Electrical & electronic tools (bar of large-scale stationary industrial tools)
7 Toys, leisure & sports equipment
8 Medical devices (bar all implanted & infected products)
9 Monitoring & control instruments
10 Automatic dispensers
11 Country specific categories

NEC Sales Companies in Europe putting EEE on any national market in the EU for the first time comply by -

  1. Financing the cost for the collection, treatment, recovery & environmentally sound disposal of WEEE.
    In the context of a B2B transaction this obligation may be negotiated away with our supplier(s) or customer(s).
    If not negotiated away, NEC Sales companies employ the services of a nationally approved WEEE treatment provider.
  2. Providing reuse and treatment information for each type of new EEE.
  3. Identifying the product as WEEE by the use of the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol.
    This symbol may also be present on the packaging and / or any product leaflets.
    WEEE Product symbol
  4. Reporting all new EEE put on the market by category, to the relevant national authority or register or clearing house etc. at a specified frequency.

For further information, contact the EQHS Manager, NEC Europe Ltd.

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