WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. This 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… Or put simply, any end-of-life equipment which has a battery or plug.
The disposal of WEEE is governed by the WEEE Regulations, which are aimed at increasing the sustainable management of electrical waste. The Regulations classify WEEE into 14 categories, ranging from large household appliances such as cookers and air conditioning units, to toys, leisure and sports equipment.
What is required under the WEEE Regulations?
All obligated businesses are required to join a compliance scheme and supply their unique registration numbers to retailers as proof of membership. They are also required to mark new products with the WEEE symbol (the crossed out wheelie bin), along with providing information on treatment facilities where end users can recycle their products. In addition, distributors must provide a free take-back service for householders to return their WEEE.
To be obligated under the Regulations, your business must answer yes to one of the following questions:
- Are you a manufacturer of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE), selling under your own brand in the UK?
- Are you a professional importer introducing EEE to the UK market (including distance selling)?
- Are you a business based in the UK selling EEE manufactured by a third party under your own brand?
- Are you a distributor, retailer or wholesaler of EEE?
How can the Veolia WEEE Compliance Scheme help you?
The Veolia WEEE Compliance Scheme incorporates a variety of initiatives, all of which are designed to increase recycling rates and ensure your business is compliant and sustainable. These include WEEE Bring Banks located in the community, kerbside collections and WEEE 'amnesties'. But we understand that there is no 'one size fits all' approach. We can tailor our services to suit the needs of your business - for example, we offer a variety of containers to provide on-site storage solutions for take-back items, along with individual services such as portable battery compliance.
Most importantly, we guarantee complete peace of mind that your waste won't end up in the wrong hands. We work with the Environment Agency to control illegal exports, and our policy is to only work with treatment operators who hold a valid Approved & Authorised Treatment Facility (AATF) licence. We hold an impeccable compliance record, and are experts in recycling and the circular economy - making us your perfect partner.
UK Packaging Regulations require accurate evidence of the amount of packaging your business handles, we can help manage your businesses obligations with our Packaging Compliance Scheme.
You need to take action to make sure you are compliant with your packaging waste - otherwise, you could risk substantial fines, or even criminal prosecution.