What are the WEEE Regulations?

The EU Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment aims to deliver a more sustainable approach to managing electrical and electronic waste by increasing the volume of material recycled and reducing the amount sent to landfill. The UK was required to implement the WEEE Directive as Regulations by August 13th 2004 although along with every other member state other than Greece, this date was missed.

The Regulations will place a responsibility on Producers to pay the costs of collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of WEEE.

All producers are required to meet the requirements of the regulations, regardless of size or market share. Producers are defined as those manufacturing, importing or selling under own label electrical and electronic equipment.

The Directive divides WEEE into 10 categories, each of which have different targets for recycling and recovery.The Cable Detection products fall into Category 6 electrical and electronic tools (drills, sewing machines, electric lawnmowers etc). The current target for category 6 is 70% recovery and 50% recycling.

What does this mean for Cable Detection as an organisation? Cable Detection EZiCAT hand held pipe locator

We must do the following:

  • Register, providing annual sales data , but specifically for EEE supplied to businesses. Where a producer supplies to both the household and business sector, they will be required to make ‘reasonable estimates’ of the split.
  • For equipment supplied to businesses after August 13th, 2005, producers must finance the costs of collection, treatment, recovery and disposal unless alternative arrangements have been made with the user
  • For equipment supplied until August 13thth 2005, producers are only responsible for financing the costs of collection, treatment, recovery and disposal of equipment on a like-for-like basis, interpreted in the draft legislation as "new equivalent products or new products fulfilling the same function"

In Addition we must:

  • Ensure correct markings and labelling are on products placed on the market (see 6. below)
  • Make available information on components that can be reused and recycled

Producers have the option of performing these responsibilities themselves or outsourcing to a compliance scheme such as Weeecare or Transform PCS information available from:


Cable Detection have joined an underwritten scheme via Weeecare. Under this scheme the weeecare team will provide collection and treatment for our products. For information on how this will benefit you please see the top of this page. We will have to  supply information on the amount of EEE placed on the market each year.

To enable the recycling we have produced a recycling passport, this provides a recycling company with all relative information required to recycle a product. Please contact us for more information.

What ‘Product Markings’ are required?

All EEE placed onto the market from August 13th 2005 must be marked with the appropriate recycling symbol of a crossed out wheelie bin of at least 5mm height and either a black rectangle or a date stamp showing the date of manufacture. If the item is too small, then the markings may be placed on the operating instructions or, as a last resort, the packaging. CENELEC, the European organisation tasked with agreeing the mark have finalised the details, but it appears that there might still be some unresolved issues, so whilst the markings won’t change, the ability to place all the markings on instructions or packaging might. The requirement for markings in the UK is as of June 07
The majority of CDL products comply as of AUG 05 or as launched.

What’s the proposed role for Compliance Schemes?

Compliance schemes will be legally liable for achieving their member’s obligations and will have to gain approval through the Secretary of State. The draft regulations propose strict requirements for approval, including an operational plan, financial security, operation by a fit and proper person etc. It is likely there will be two types of compliance schemes – Producer Schemes and Retailer schemes - and these will have different roles. Compliance schemes will also have to take over a producer’s legal liability for complying with the Regulations, therefore protecting them from prosecution other than for wilful or negligent acts.

For producers, Compliance Schemes will:

  • Help them to understand their data requirements
  • Have to manage the submitted data and manage collection, treatment and recovery related to the sites allocated by the National Clearing House
  • Demonstrate that recycling and recovery targets have been met

For retailers, Compliance Schemes are expected to contribute to a central fund, which will be used to establish and develop an adequate network of collection facilities, including those operated by local authorities, for the free and convenient disposal of waste by consumers. They will also have to demonstrate how they will provide information to householders on their membership and collection facilities.

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