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WEEE Obligations for the UK

The WEEE Directive is implemented in the UK through the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013 (as amended) ("WEEE Regulations"). The following aspects of WEEE obligations are specific to the United Kingdom.

Producer obligations:

If you qualify as a producer your obligations are as follows:

  • If you place less than 5 tonnes of EEE on the UK market in a calendar year, you must register as a small producer with the relevant UK environmental regulator for your business location (England = Environment Agency, Wales = Natural Resources Body for Wales, Scotland = Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Northern Ireland = Department of the Environment, outside of UK = contact the Environment Agency on WEEE@environment-agency.gov.uk to confirm).
  • If you place 5 tonnes or more of EEE on the UK market in a calendar year, you must become a member of a producer compliance scheme ("PCS"). The PCS will discharge your obligation to finance the collection, treatment, recovery and disposal of household and non-household WEEE collected in the UK (see further below). Details of all approved PCSs are available here.
  • Provide your producer registration number to any distributors to which you supply.

Distributor obligations:

Your take-back obligations can be satisfied in the following ways, by:

  • Joining the Distributor Take-back Scheme (further information is available on its website); or
  • Providing free take-back on a 1:1 basis when supplying new EEE of an equivalent type and purpose by either:
    • Offering an equivalent service to in-store take-back (for example, a postal solution); or
    • Providing an alternative free take-back service, which is available and accessible to customers, for example, provision of a designated collection facility where customers can take WEEE. This means either establishing a private designated collection facility or making arrangements with a PCS

There is no 0:1 take-back obligation for online sellers in the UK.

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