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WEEE - EU Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

In 2002, the Council and the European Parliament passed Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (the so-called WEEE Directive). This directive stipulates that all Member States ensure the organization of collection systems for electronic scrap. In addition, they are to ensure that this scrap is reused, recovered and recycled and that the remaining waste is disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

These collection systems are to be put in place to allow consumers to return the corresponding waste equipment to the retail outlets or take them to the collections sites free of charge. This directive also stipulates goals for collecting, reusing and recycling the waste equipment and outlines the responsibilities of the manufacturers. With the change in the WEEE Directive in 2003, the obligations for this equipment used other than in private households were specified more precisely

Electrical and electronic equipment that can be used in private households is marked by a symbol to indicate that it is to be disposed of separately. This is the symbol that can be seen on the right. The individual EU Member States are responsible for introducing suitable return systems in good time. The return of used equipment from private households is to be free of charge for the end user.

The legal body responsible (public waste disposal authority) in the legal system of the each respective EU Member State is responsible for providing more detailed information on the disposal of electrical and electronic equipment from private households.

The respective producers of such equipment are responsible for creating an opportunity to return used electrical and electronic equipment designed for use other than in private households and for disposing of this waste equipment.

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