For manufacturers, importers, re-branders and distributors of EEE, EEE producer compliance schemes, treatment facilities and exporters of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
The Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Regulations 2006 aim to reduce the amount of WEEE being disposed of and require EEE producers to pay for its reuse, recycling and recovery. Our guidance note explains when EEE becomes WEEE and how WEEE should be handled and treated.
Find out if you are a producer of EEE
If your business is an importer, re-brander or manufacturer of EEE and you place EEE on the UK market then it's likely that you are a producer under the WEEE Regulations. If you are a producer you will need to register with us by joining a producer compliance scheme.
How to register as an EEE producer
When you join a scheme, the scheme will register your business with us. Any business placing electrical or electronic equipment (EEE) onto the UK market must register as an EEE producer. The only option for registration is to join a producer compliance scheme which will ensure your legal obligations are met and obtain evidence of re-use, recovery and recycling on your behalf. You must be a member of a scheme by 15 November each year. If you start to place EEE on the market partway through the year you have 28 days to join a producer compliance scheme.
What you need to do if you are a distributor of EEE
If you are a retailer who sells EEE you are likely to be a distributor under the WEEE Regulations and you will have to offer take-back of EEE in store or join the distributor take-back scheme.
Where to get more help
The Producer Responsibility Regulatory Service (PRRS) is responsible for registering producers and compliance schemes. Please contact them if you need any further help:
If you know of a business that is not complying with its producer responsibility obligations call us on 0800 023 2090 a recorded message will ask you to leave details.