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Electronic waste (WEEE directive)

U.S. companies selling electrical and electronic goods in the European Union (EU) are required to comply with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (“WEEE” Directive – Directive 2012/19/EU of July 2012). Its objective is to contribute to the efficient use of resources, reduce the amount of e-waste entering the landfill and encourage the reuse and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment.

Since 15 August 2018, all electrical and electronic equipment are covered by the directive, except for the ones specifically excluded. The WEEE directive covers electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) used by consumers (B2C) and EEE intended for professional use (B2B).

WEEE requirements include:

  • Registration and reporting to national authorities on volumes of EEE placed on their market
  • Organizing and/or financing the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of WEEE and providing specific information to recycling companies.
  • Labeling products with the ‘crossed out wheelie bin’ symbol to allow for correct disposal by end-users.

WEEE implementation varies across the EU from country to country, with procedures and costs differing. It is essential for companies to ensure that they are aware of national WEEE legislation in the Member States where they intend to do business.

For the full report, please contact the Commercial Service at the U.S. Mission to the EU at office.brussels@trade.gov, or Click here to download.


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