The WEEE Directive
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) aims to reduce electrical and electronic equipment production by encouraging businesses and households to reuse, recycle and recover it. It came into force in January 2007.
The WEEE Directive also aims to reduce environmental impacts from businesses that manufacture, supply, use, recycle, dispose of and recover electrical and electronic equipment. All producers need to comply with UK WEEE Regulations by registering on a producer compliance scheme,
The WEEE Directive mainly focuses on household waste materials in the following categories:
1. Large household appliances
2. Small household appliances
3. IT and Telecoms equipment
4. Consumer equipment
5. Lighting equipment
6. Electrical Electronic tools
7. Toys, leisure and sports equipment
8. Medical services
9. Monitoring & control equipment
10. Automatic dispensers
Only equipment with a voltage rating not exceeding 1000v AC and 1500v DC comes under the WEEE Directive.