The current WEEE compliance scheme and disposal regulations became UK law on January 2nd 2007. WEEE regulations aim to reduce the amount of electrical and electronic equipment that finds its way to landfill by ensuring the safe, environmentally responsible and sustainable collection, treatment and disposal of WEEE.
WEEE compliance regulations make producers of such equipment financially responsible for the recovery and disposal of their products once the products reach the end of their useable life. Because tracking your individual goods would be nearly impossible, the government allow WEEE producers to ensure the disposal of an equivalent weight of similar products to their own. So, if a company produces 100 tonnes of WEEE each year, they must ensure the safe and responsible disposal of 100 tonnes of similar goods.
For WEEE sold after 13 Aug 2005, the WEEE producer is responsible for the costs of collecting, treating, recycling and recovering all WEEE that they have put on the market (or its equivalent) unless this obligation has been contractually passed the obligation down the supply chain.
For WEEE sold before 13 Aug 2005, the end business user is responsible for the disposal if there is no possibility of like-for-like replacement. If, however, like-for-like replacement of equipment is purchased, producer is responsible for safe and regulation compliant WEEE disposal.
Advantage Waste Brokers WEEE Compliance Scheme is an open WEEE Producer Compliance Scheme and provides a choice of services to businesses that are obligated under the WEEE Regulations.