WEEE Explained – What Is WEEE?

The Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive aims to minimise the impact of such equipment on the environment during the products’ life span, and when it becomes waste.

The WEEE Directive sets criteria for the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment.

As a home user, you do not have to meet the costs of WEEE disposal. Home users are however encouraged to dispose of WEEE responsibly and should separate WEEE for recycling by their Council service provider.

The WEEE Directive encourages businesses to do everything they can to reuse equipment. At EOL IT Services we operate a maximum refurbishment policy with typical recycling rates in excess of 90% of collected equipment.

EOL IT Services can provide all information and services required by the implementation of the WEEE Directive for businesses to ensure WEEE compliance at each stage of the legislation.

  • Any equipment on your premises manufactured before 12th August 2005 is your responsibility to dispose of, and costs must be met by your business
  • It is your responsibility to appoint a WEEE disposal agent such as EOL IT Services to ensure that you comply with WEEE regulations and that you are provided with the relevant reports (e.g. Weight Data, Lifecycle Management etc.)
  • Any relevant products manufactured after 12th August 2005 will be accompanied by documentation from the Producer advising you who to contact when the product reaches the end of its life
  • The Producer must demonstrate a process for WEEE disposal, however each business is free to appoint whoever offers them the best environmental, most secure and most cost effective solution