The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) was introduced in January 2007 to reduce the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment being produced and to encourage everyone to reuse, recycle and recover it.
including organisations in the private, public and third sector
When businesses produce waste, they have a range of responsibilities. These include complying with the requirements of the duty of care, and if they are producing hazardous waste, they may need to register as a producer under the Hazardous Waste Regulations.
The WEEE Directive aims to improve the environmental performance of businesses that manufacture, supply, use, recycle and recover electrical and electronic equipment.
You may also have obligations under the WEEE Regulations if you are a business with electrical or electronic equipment to dispose of, or if you sell electrical or electronic equipment.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Regulations (WEEE Regulations) introduce new responsibilities for businesses and other non-household users of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).
This includes businesses, schools, hospitals, and government agencies when they dispose of their electrical waste. These organisations need to ensure that all separately collected WEEE is treated and recycled. Whether the business or the producer of the (EEE) pays for this depends on the circumstances.