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Electrical and electronic equipment waste

The EC Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) directive aims to reduce the quantity of waste from electrical and electronic equipment and increase its re-use, recovery and recycling.

The Directive affects producers, distributors and recyclers of electrical and electronic equipment - including household appliances, IT and telecoms equipment, audiovisual equipment (TV, video, hi-fi), lighting, electrical and electronic tools, toys, leisure and sports equipment.

See the BERR WEEE pages for further information.

WEEE permitting

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 provide that WEEE has to be treated in accordance with the requirements of Article 6 of the WEEE Directive. The regulations also provide  an exemption from environmental permitting for the repair and re-furbishment of WEEE for re-use and a further exemption from environmental permitting for storage of WEEE; these exemptions must be registered with the Environment Agency.

Further information
  • WEEE and hazardous waste
  • Defra in association with the CIWM (EB) has developed protocols to simplify the data required by producers to demonstrate compliance with their treatment and recycling obligations under the WEEE Regulations.
The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)

The Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) Directive aims to limit the environmental impact of electrical and electronic equipment when it reaches the end of its life.

It does this by minimising the use of hazardous substances and ensuring the harmonisation of legislation controlling hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment across the Community.

European Commission information
Contacting BERR

Since BERR (Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) are leading on WEEE and RoHS, if you want further information that is not covered by these pages, please contact them via email:

Page last modified: 10 November 2008
Page published: 5 February 2003