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WEEE - Birth of the regulations

As you may know the WEEE regulations had a facelift during 2013 with new regulations coming into force on 1 January 2014.

The regulations have changed the way that producers’ recycling obligations are calculated. Those familiar with the packaging regulations may see some similarities in that your WEEE recycling obligation is now based on your previous years’ placed on market data. Other big changes include an additional category 14 for photovoltaic panels and LEDs now to be reported into category 13.

We will be working with our members to help them make the adjustments required to remain compliant with these new regulations. We expect the following questions to feature on many members’ review criteria: - Lighting equipment – what equipment will fall within scope? - Manufacturers/sellers not establishing within UK – how do the WEEE regulations apply to us? - Supply of reused EEE from a Member State to the UK – how will this work? - Photovoltaic equipment – what reporting rules will apply to different types of PV equipment? The recently released WEEE guidance from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills can be found here.

We will be running a webinar soon to provide an overview of the main changes which may help in your own review of your WEEE compliance. If you wouldn’t know where to start or just want the help of a technical expert here at ecosurety please contact us on 0845 094 2228 or WEEE@ecosurety.com and we can discuss what support options would work for you.


James Champ

Technical manager

James joined the compliance team in August 2012 and now holds the role of technical manager. He is responsible for managing all regulator requirements across packaging, WEEE and batteries compliance regulations, and for overseeing our WEEE and batteries collections. In particular, James takes an active interest in quality improvement both for clients' data methodologies and internally to improve business efficiency.


Written by James Champ Published 25/03/2014 Topics Compliance

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