WEEE—producer compliance schemes
WEEE—producer compliance schemes

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • WEEE—producer compliance schemes
  • Brexit impact
  • The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013, SI 2013/3113 (WEEE 2013)
  • WEEE 2013 and producer compliance schemes (PCS)
  • Applications for approval
  • PCS obligations
  • Enforcement

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.

For further guidance, see: Brexit—impact on environmental law and Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013, SI 2013/3113 (WEEE 2013)

WEEE 2013, SI 2013/3113 implements the Directive 2012/19/EU, WEEE Directive (recast), and repeals and replaces the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006, SI 2006/3289.

The WEEE Directive (recast), and its predecessor Directive 2002/96/EC, WEEE Directive 2002, are based on the principle of 'extended producer responsibility'. This requires producers to take responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products, especially at the 'end of their life' when they become waste. The Packaging Waste Regulations (SI 2007/871 and SI 2015/1640) and End of Life Vehicles Regulations (SI 2005/263 and SI 2003/2635) also work on this basis.

The main objective of the WEEE Directive (recast) is to continue to minimise the impact of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) on the environment by encouraging the reuse, recycling and recovery of waste EEE (WEEE) and to address those matters not adequately dealt with by the WEEE Directive