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What are my obligations?

Producers
Distributors
Local Authorities
Treatment Facilities
Other WEEE Collectors

Producers

Producers are required to:

Join a Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS) such as REPIC

Every year, producers must have registered with a PCS on or before 15th November for the following compliance year.

New producers entering the market must register with a PCS within 28 days of first placing EEE on the market or forming the intention to do so.

Producers may join one PCS to fulfil their household (B2C) obligations and one scheme for their non-household (B2B) obligations or one for both.

Non-UK registered companies that meet the definition of a producer may join a PCS in place of the UK importer.

Producers are required to provide their PCSs with all of the information required to register them as a producer of EEE. This information must be in writing and signed by a director or company secretary (or relevant authorised person of a partnership or individual).

Declare your EEE producer registration number to any distributor who sells or otherwise supplies your EEE. The registration number is in the generic format of WEE/AB1234CD and is provided to the PCS that a producer first registers with.

Provide information to your PCS on a quarterly basis on the amount, in tonnes, of household EEE that you have placed on the market in each of the ten categories listed in the Directive, plus display equipment, cooling appliances containing refrigerants and gas discharge lamps. This information is required annually in relation to non-household EEE sales.

Mark in-scope EEE products with the crossed out wheeled bin symbol, a date mark and producer identification mark.

Provide graphic images of your Producer Identification Marks (PIMs) to your compliance scheme in a prescribed format.

Retain records pertaining to your producer obligations for a period of four years from the date that they are produced.

Provide information on reuse and environmentally sound treatment of each new type of EEE put on the market within one year of it being placed on the market, including:

  • The different components and materials included in the EEE.
  • The location of dangerous substances and preparations.

This information can either be provided in the form of manuals or by way of electronic media.

Comply with the requirements of Article 8 of the WEEE Directive where you put EEE on the market by means of distance communication in any member state except the UK on or after 1st July 2007. Article 8 applies only to B2C sales.

Producers can also be distributors and must comply with these obligations separately. Please refer to the distributor section below.

Distributors

Distributors must help their customers dispose of WEEE when purchasing new EEE on a like for like basis by either:

  • Taking back their WEEE free of charge in-store or at a local collection point that they designate; or
  • Opting out of in-store take-back and directing the customer to dispose of their WEEE at their nearest Designated Collection Facility. To do this the distributor must join the national Distributor Take back Scheme (DTS).

If taking WEEE back in-store or at a local collection point, distributors must keep records of the number of items of household WEEE returned.

All distributors must provide information in writing to their customers on:

  • The environmental impact of WEEE and the benefits of separate collection
  • The take back arrangements offered by the distributor, or how to access the DTS  network of collection facilities if the distributor has opted out of in-store take-back
  • The meaning of the crossed out wheeled bin symbol

Distributors must maintain records of the information provided.

Distributors can also be producers and must comply with these obligations separately. Please refer to the producer section above.

Local Authorities

If you elect to register your waste collection sites as DCFs to collect “Household WEEE” from consumers, then you need to comply with the Code of Practice which governs the minimum requirements that must be met in an arrangement between DCFs and producer compliance schemes.

http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/business-sectors/docs/c/10-1007-code-of-practice-collection-weee

REPIC is keen to continue developing its collection arrangements. If you would like to become a collection partner please contact us.

Treatment Facilities

If you treat items classed as WEEE, the Regulations require you to be an AATF and to make arrangements with a PCS to issue evidence.

If you export items classed as WEEE for treatment, you are required to be an AE and to:

  • make an annual application for approval to the appropriate environment agency.
  • provide quarterly reports to the relevant environment agency.


In relation to each scheme to whom an evidence note has been issued, the name of that scheme and the total tonnage of WEEE stated in all evidence notes issued to that scheme.

The operator of an AATF (or the approved exporter) is also required to provide the relevant environment agency with a report from an independent auditor confirming that the evidence notes issued by the AATF or approved exporter are consistent with the amount of WEEE received or exported for treatment or re-use as a whole appliance in the relevant approval period.

Other WEEE Collectors

In order for WEEE to be regarded as separately collected and included within the UK WEEE system as producer responsible WEEE, it needs to be either delivered into a DCF or delivered into an AATF under an agreed arrangement with a compliance scheme. 

If you are a business and end-user of non-household EEE and you choose to dispose of this yourself at the end of its life, the WEEE Regulations require that you arrange for the treatment, recycling and recovery of this WEEE in line with the requirements of the regulations.

REPIC is keen to continue developing its collection arrangements. If you would like to become a collection partner please contact us.