What is WEEE directive? WEEE Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment is a European Directive (2002/96/EC) that regulates the waste and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment and extends the scope of the RoHS Directive, Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive 2002/95/EC. In this post we will explain why waste electrical and electronic equipment is relevant to LED lighting business. What is WEEE compliance? What is the WEEE producer compliance scheme? And what is WEEE recycling?

What is WEEE compliance? All electronic equipment should follow the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment European Directive (2002/96/EC). Not only electric or household appliances should meet WEEE regulation, but also LED lighting equipment.

The legislation aims to ensure systems are in place to minimize waste of electrical and electronic equipment as unsorted municipal waste and to achieve a high level of collection of old electronic equipment for treatment recovery and environmentally sound disposal.

What is the WEEE producer compliance scheme? Following the WEEE compliance, all LED lighting producers, sellers and distributors will be responsible for taking back and recycle electrical and electronic equipment.

The WEEE producer compliance scheme goes back to August 13, 2005. Manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment circulating in the EU market must legally undertake the responsibility of paying for the recovery of end-of-life products, while the EU member states are obliged to develop their own WEEE recovery programs, Supporting recycling facilities, so that end-users of electrical and electronic products to facilitate and free to deal with end-of-life equipment.

All electrical and electronic equipment should indicate the product identification requirements, producer’s name, date of manufacture and relevant WEEE trademark.

What is WEEE recycling? WEEE recycling means that all electrical and electronic equipment should be able to collect and recovery for an appropriate disposal. All manufacturers should design and manufacture its products in line with the WEEE Directive and the RoHS Directive.

The WEEE Directive requires that Member States ensure a target, by 31 December 2006, of at least 4K kilograms of WEEE- waste of electrical and electronic equipment per inhabitant per year is being collected from private households.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment WEEE Directive territorial scope:
Austria , Belgium , Cyprus , Czech Republic , Denmark , Estonia
Finland , France , Germany , Greece , Hungary , Italy, Ireland
Latvia , Lithuania , Luxembourg , Malta , Netherlands , Poland
Portugal , Slovakia , Slovenia , Spain , Sweden , United Kingdom
Bulgaria , Romania , Croatia , Turkey

SLT-TECH fulfils all the requirements of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment WEEE Directive. All our LED lights are marked with the WEEE symbol. We care about the environment more than you can think and we only design and produce the greenest product to protect the environment. Our importers, distributors and sellers can rest assured that our products can be recycled following the EU directives.

So please be careful, if a manufacturer stick a WEEE label on an LED light Please check carefully if they are real member of WEEE or fulfil the requirements of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment WEEE Directive:

1) By failing to separately and collect WEEE much of it ends up in landfill, where the hazardous materials it contains can cause soil and water contamination. This can have a harmful effect on natural habitat, wildlife and also human health

2) Many electrical items that we throw away can be repaired and reused or recycled. Recycling items helps to save our finite natural resources and also reduces the environmental and health risks associated with sending electrical goods to landfill.

3) Users of Electrical and Electronic Equipment from private households, commercial and industrial can help improve the reuse, recycling and recovery rates of WEEE by avoiding the commingling and disposal of WEEE items in general waste and ensuring they use the systems in place to deal with their WEEE.

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