Frequently asked questions

WEEE

What is WEEE?

WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is the industry term for electrical waste, named after the EU Directive which covers its disposal. Electrical waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the world.

Electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) is anything with a battery or a plug on it. Fluorescent tubes and low energy light bulbs are also classified as EEE by the regulations. Old-style filament light bulbs are not covered by the regulations. When electrical goods (EEE) become waste, they are considered ‘WEEE’.

What is the WEEE Directive?

The WEEE Directive was brought in to reduce increasing amounts of electrical waste (WEEE) going to landfill. The Directive requires electronic goods producers to pay for recycling this equipment when it becomes waste.

Who pays for WEEE recycling?

Producers (manufacturers and importers) of electronic and electrical goods have to join an authorised ‘producer compliance scheme’, also known as a WEEE compliance scheme. The producer pays its chosen scheme to collect and recycle WEEE on its behalf.

Where can you take WEEE for recycling?

Ask your local authority where to dispose of it locally. All local authorities accept WEEE for free from households, usually at recycling centres. A WEEE compliance scheme will collect the WEEE from the local authority. This service is paid for by EEE producers. In some EU countries, WEEE is also collected by retailers.

Batteries

What is the EU Batteries Directive?

The EU Batteries Directive compels battery producers to pay for the collection and recycling of spent batteries. The UK Implemented this Directive through the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations.

What is a battery compliance scheme?

Producers must use a battery compliance scheme like ERP Finland to manage recycling on their behalf. All schemes are registered with the PIR-ELY.

What does “Battery Producer” refer to?

The definition of a battery producer extends beyond battery manufacturers. Any company which manufactures or imports batteries or products which contain batteries into the UK is considered a producer. Retailers which import their own brand batteries or batteries within products are also classified as producers.