General overview

A guidance document provides an overview of the existing WEEE legislative framework. If you wish to receive further information about compliance in various jurisdictions in Europe, please use our mailing system.

Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) entered into force with its publication in the Official Journal of 13 February 2003. The law imposes take-back obligations on manufacturers and importers of electrical and electronic products. Importers and manufacturers are responsible for the take-back and recycling of products discarded by end users.

However, each member state has transposed the Directive differently. Directives are not directly applicable to manufacturers. The national law in each jurisdiction regulates the responsibilities and obligations of manufacturers, authorities, distributors and all other actors.

The new, recast Directive 2012/19/EU has been published in issue L197 of the Official Journal on 24 July 2012.