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WEEE responsibilities

Your responsibilities

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive came into force in 2007 and is designed to encourage treatment, re-use, recycling and sound environmental disposal of WEEE.

All business disposals of WEEE must adhere to the directive and dispose of their electrical waste through an Authorised Treatment Facility. The directive covers all electronic waste that uses mains power. The EU Waste Framework Directive 2008 (WFD) also introduced a five point “Waste Hierarchy” that businesses must take into account when disposing of waste.


  • Prevention: using less material in design and manufacture, keeping products for longer, re-use, using less hazardous materials

  • Preparing for re-use: checking, cleaning, repairing, refurbishing, whole items or spare parts

  • Recycling: turning waste into a new substance or product, includes composting if it meets quality protocols

  • Other recovery: includes anaerobic digestion, incineration with energy recovery, gasification and pyrolysis which produce energy (fuels, heat and power) and materials from waste, some backfilling

  • Disposal: landfill and incineration without energy recovery

The EU Waste Framework Directive 2008 (WFD) - “Waste Hierarchy”

  • Amendments under the Duty of Care have been recently consulted upon

  • Business users would have to keep proof to demonstrate that one off consignments of WEEE have been disposed of to an accredited re-processor


        Practical considerations:

Duty of Care

  • Segregating WEEE from the main waste stream

  • Separating WEEE which is your responsibility and a producer or suppliers responsibility

Call us to arrange your electronic recycling collection on:

01900 604466

01900 605358

Prevention, which offers the best outcomes for the environment, is at the top of the priority order, followed by preparing for re-use, recycling, other recovery and disposal, in descending order of environmental preference. The EU Waste Framework Directive (WFD) was adopted into UK law in October 2008.