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A WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU - at least 27 national regulations in Europe

The European WEEE Directive states that all EU member states with national regulations must establish uniform rules for the handling of electrical and electronic equipment, e.g. to oblige manufacturers to assume product responsibility for the entire life cycle of the product. In the European Directive on the placing on the market, taking back and environmentally sound disposal of electrical and electronic equipment, the European Union defines the associated extended producer responsibility (EPR - Extended Producer Responsibility).

On the basis of this legal foundation, the polluter-pays principle and product stewardship, among other things, place responsibility and a wide range of obligations on manufacturers, retailers and distributors, such as taking back and disposing of old electrical equipment in an environmentally sound manner.

WEEE-EPR - Are you a first distributor of electrical equipment?

WEEE-EPR - Are you a first distributor of electrical equipment?

What does the national implementation of the directive (ElektroG) oblige me to do?

The European Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive ( WEEE Directive
aste of Electricaland Electronic Equipment) regulates the placing on the market, return and environmentally sound disposal of electrical and electronic equipment (in Germany: Elektrogesetz, or ElektroG for short).

The law obligates various legally defined actors to be product responsible and to comply with and implement a variety of tasks and duties, such as:

Operators of electronic marketplaces as well as fulfillment service providers in the area of electrical or electronic equipment are also no longer exempt from new obligations in some EU states and prospectively EU-wide and are required to verify registration documents.

Non-compliance may result in administrative offense proceedings and severe fines, e.g. in Germany of up to €100,000 for all players who do not properly comply with the legal obligations.

Don’t miss out on your legal obligations in the respective EU countries and get in touch now to be informed about the obligations in the respective sales markets and to implement them safely.


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Electronic and electrical equipment -

What is it and what to consider?

Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) as defined by the WEEE Directive is equipment designed to operate on AC voltage not exceeding 1,000 volts or DC voltage not exceeding 1,500 volts and which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields for its proper operation.
This also includes devices used for the generation, transmission and measurement of electric currents and electromagnetic fields.

Every electrical appliance that falls within the scope of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG) can be assigned to one of the 6 categories shown below (Figure).

Source: stiftung ear https://www.stiftung-ear.de/de/themen/elektrog/herstellerbevollmaechtigte/kategorien

There are myriad details and interpretations to consider in order to properly capture the obligation. Get in touch with us now to not only stay up to date on all changes relating to electrical and electronic equipment (ElektroG), but also to ensure that your obligations are fulfilled in accordance with the law.

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National implementations of the WEEE Directive (Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment) lead to many differences in legislation and its implementation that need to be considered.
Do you export to other European countries? Whether for electrical appliances, batteries / accumulators or the packaging of your products – we support you with our network solution in your sales countries so that you have the WEEE directive under control.

If you are affected by these obligations, we can guide you through the implementation process by showing you the requirements step by step and supporting you in introducing necessary measures and processes to comply with the laws and regulations.

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Directive 2012/19/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) serves as the framework for the national implementation by the EU member states. This Directive supplements to the Fifth Environmental Action Programme of the European Union
The aim of the WEEE Directive is to reduce the waste of natural resources and prevent environmental pollution.

This directive replaced the previous Directive 2002/96/EC of the European Parliament and Council of January 27, 2003 on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

Manufacturers, importers and distributors of electrical and electronic equipment who place electrical equipment on the market for the first time on a commercial basis are considered to be the so-called first distributor.
According to the WEE Directive, a producer is any natural or legal person who places products on the market in any EU member state. This either can be the producer of the products itself, but also the reseller, irrespective of whether the reseller is established in the respective EU Member State or places on the market of that Member State from a third country.

Whether the company’s products are classified as electrical and/or electronic equipment depends, among other things, on the characteristics of the respective product, as well as its application. It must be evaluated whether this Directive shall apply to the respective products.

You already have to meet specific labelling requirements for your electrical and electronic equipment in all EU Member States. In addition, we can advise you on your producer responsibility in all EU member states where you have to fulfill further obligations and support you on the registration and reporting process as well as any other administrative requirements.

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