WEEE Recast FAQ document


June 2014

The Commission has published a FAQ document of the Recast WEEE Directive.

Some key points of the document are highlighted below:

  • Batteries incorporated in WEEE will be collected on the basis of the WEEE Directive and will be removed from the WEEE after collection (to be counted towards the Batteries Directive targets). Member States should avoid any double charging of producers where batteries are collected with the appliance.
  • The FAQ defines ‘specifically designed and installed as part of another equipment’ as being tailor made since it is designed to meet the needs of a specific application in the equipment that it is part of. An example is given of equipment specifically designed, dimensioned and customized to be used as part of a specific large-scale fixed installation (e.g. sensor equipment with a size, electrical interface and mounting features designed to fit inside drill heads).
  • In the document, the Commission explains that ‘WEEE from private households’ refers to: “Electronic equipment which due to its nature can be assumed to be used by both private households and users other than private households (professional users). Such equipment should be registered and reported as household equipment and its waste should be considered WEEE from private households. Note: This interpretation differs from guidance and practice in many member states, for example the UK which distinguishes WEEE from private households and those from other sources.
  • The document notes that placing on the market on a professional basis of EEE already used in one Member State within the territory of another Member State meets the definition of ‘placing on the market’. This interpretation applies to any second-hand, reused or remanufactured EEE that is sold on a professional basis.
  • Chapter 9 of the document covers the appointment of an Authorised Individual instead of being established in a Member State. The Commission details that the authorised representative is responsible for fulfilling the relevant obligations (e.g. registration, reporting to schemes, etc.) and that local importers should not declare these quantities and they do not have any producer obligation concerning these quantities.

The FAQ document can be found here.

Source: Perchards/Sagis