WEEE—producer obligations

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

  • WEEE—producer obligations
  • Brexit
  • Waste (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (No 2) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/188
  • The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013, SI 2013/3113
  • What are producers?
  • Authorised representative
  • Producer's obligations
  • Join a Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS)
  • Financing
  • Small producers—de minimis
  • More...

WEEE—producer obligations

Brexit

11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marked the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements came to an end and significant changes began to take effect across the UK’s legal regime.

Waste (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (No 2) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/188

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013, SI 2013/3113 (WEEE 2013), which set out the producer responsibility regime for waste electrical and electronic products in England and Wales, were enacted under section 2(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 and are caught within the scope of retained EU law, as ‘EU-derived domestic legislation’ preserved under section 2 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.

For more on retained law, see Practice Note: Introduction to retained EU law.

The Waste (Miscellaneous Amendments) (EU Exit) (No 2) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/188, introduce amendments to multiple pieces of EU-derived domestic legislation to correct deficiencies in this legislation arising from the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. This includes amendments to WEEE 2013.

WEEE 2013 contain cross-references to underlying EU legislation relating to the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment. This includes references to provisions of EU directives which are incorporated by reference and/or cross-referenced for interpretation purposes. EU directives are not within

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