Review of the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

Materials World magazine
1 May 2006

The DTI has now published its conclusions following a review of the implementation of the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive.

Launched in December 2005, the review involved consultations with key stakeholders, weighing up the concerns and needs of SMEs against those of larger organisations. The DTI has concluded that UK implementation of the WEEE Directive should incorporate the following main features - 

  • Approved compliance schemes for retailers, with networks of designated collection facilities (DCFs).
  • Obligatory registration for producers, either directly or through an approved compliance scheme.
  • A system for calculating producers' obligations.
  • A quasi-market mechanism for allocating WEEE from DCFs to producer schemes.
  • A code of practice covering the collection of WEEE from DCFs.
  • A network of authorised treatment facilities. 
  • Protocols to enable producers to demonstrate achievement of recycling targets in a cost effective way.
  • A voluntary approach for producers to show the cost of handling historical waste.

A formal consultation is now scheduled to take place in May 2006.