The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive 2012 came into force on 13 August 2012. It repeals the WEEE Directive 2002 from 15 February 2014 and must be transposed into national law by 14 February 2014. The Government will consult formally on proposals to amend the WEEE regime in order to prevent excessive compliance costs in early 2013.

The WEEE Directive 2012:

  • Extends the scope of the WEEE Directive 2002 to cover all waste electrical and electronic equipment. This equipment will have to be collected separately and properly treated from 2019.
  • Regulates the shipment to, and treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment in non-EU countries. It places the burden of proof on exporters to demonstrate that goods are being shipped for repair or reuse.
  • Requires member states to ensure annual collection of 45% of the average weight of waste electrical and electronic equipment placed on their national markets by 2016 and 65% by 2019. Limited derogation from these targets is permitted for member states with low waste electrical and electronic equipment consumption and insufficient infrastructure.