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.
If you qualify as a producer your obligations are as
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.
Your take-back obligations can be satisfied in the following
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 (e.g. a postal solution); or
Providing an alternative free
take-back service, which is available and accessible to customers, e.g.
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.