WEEE Directive

WEEE Directive

by jamie garnett
What is WEEE?

WEEE stands for Waste, Electrical and Electronic Equipment. It is a European wide directive (legislation) that signifies the criteria that all companies, individuals and producers of WEEE waste should follow.

Electronic Waste, now commonly called “e-waste” has become such a problem infact, that many countries have stringent rules on how to deal with it. The main cause for concern, is that many of today’s modern electronics, contain materials and other items which are hazardous to our health. The EU in particular decided to deal with e-waste, by creating the WEEE directive 2012/19/EU. Several versions exist and are updated frequently.

What does it mean for you?

The main points of the directive are there are to help anyone that creates WEEE comply with legislation, by designating waste in categories and outlining various methods of reducing, preventing and and recycling e-waste properly. Companies have an obligation to comply with the criteria or they could face fines by the Environmental Agency, whom are one of a few regulators throughout the UK.

The framework aims to:

  • Reduce, prevent, recycle and reuse where possible
  • Take measures to safely dispose of hazardous waste
  • Reduce hazardous waste and categorise it
  • Recover materials for future use
  • Separate Non Hazardous & Hazardous
  • To correctly, transfer, handle, remove and deal with waste

It’s important for companies to remember that WEEE legislation, while complex, is primarily designed to help, instead of hinder.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Reductions in landfill and pollution
  • Responsible ethics and environmental awareness
  • Safe working and healthy environments for humans, nature and animals.

Electrowaste help companies with WEEE, by removing many of the complexities they may face when dealing with e-waste on an industrial or commercial scale. Where Hazardous e-waste is concerned, those complexities and responsibilities are larger.

Our company manages e-waste by maintaining close relationships with selected third party firms, technology companies and brokers who can aim to reuse or recycle equipment where possible and with maximum efficiency. It’s one of many reasons our clients turn to us time and time again.

The full WEEE Directive can be read here


For more information on WEEE, contact us:

WEEE Management @ Electrowaste UK
Mark Bonito, Company partner

Phone: 0330 122 1569

Email:  hello@electrowaste.org

Main WEEE Tasks

  • Separate Hazardous / Non-hazardous
  • Separate various computing parts
  • Transfer documents correctly
  • Process correctly