The European WEEE Directive

One directive – One aim: Environmental protection

"WEEE" stands Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment. The aim is to avoid waste from electrical and electronic equipment. Reuse and recycling helps to reduce e-waste.

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What there is to know about the WEEE Directive

Each EU country sets up national registers – in Germany it is stiftung ear. There, all manufacturers of electrical appliances are obliged to register and apply for a WEEE number before they start selling.

Exception confirms the rule: The registration process is different in the EU countries, Norway, Switzerland and the UK. Companies have to register individually in each country. Often they have to join a recognised compliance system in each case, which regulates the take-back and disposal of WEEE as well as its financing. 

WEEE in Germany: In Germany the WEEE Directive is implemented by the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG).

More about the ElektroG 

2012 – Amendment

13 August 2012: The European WEEE Directive was amended. It obliged EU countries to transpose the European Directive 2012/19/EU into national law.

2003 – Enactment

27 January 2003: The European WEEE Directive 2002/19/EU has come into force in the European Union.


Useful links

The Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG)

Obligations as manufacturer under the ElektroG

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