Waste Equipment

Waste Equipment in Europe

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling (WEEE)

Recycling of WEEE is a specialist part of the waste and recycling European industry. It is a rapidly growing sub-sector due largely to the implementation of the original WEEE Directive in the European countries.

Directive 2012/19/EU on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

Directive 2012/19/EU (hereafter referred to as the “ Directive”), which entered into force on 13 August 2012 and which Member States were required to transpose into national law by 14 February 2014. At that time, Directive
2002/96/EC (the “old WEEE Directive”) was repealed.

The Directive aims to prevent or reduce the negative environmental effects resulting from the
generation and management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and from resource use.

Scope of the Directive

Starting from 15 August 2018, the Directive will have an ‘open scope’ and all EEE must then be
placed in one of the six new categories set out in its Annex III. Under the open scope, any equipment
that falls under the definition of EEE as set out in Article 3(1)(a) is in scope.

From the open-scope period onwards, EEE is only out of scope if it falls under one of the exclusions
explicitly mentioned in Article 2, paragraphs (3) and (4).

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