Many manufacturers selling industrial products into the EU market have come to understand at least one of the environmental protection Directives, RoHS — the “Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances.” In this post, I’m going to be looking at another environmental directive: WEEE — the “Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment” Directive (2012/19/EU).
As of 14 August 2018...ALL waste electrical and electronic equipment comes under the directive.
The WEEE Directive requires producers of electrical and electronic equipment who sell their products in the EU to operate a recycling program. This directive exempted industrial products in the first years of its implementation, focusing primarily on waste consumer electronics and electrical equipment. As of 14 August 2018, the transition period ends and ALL waste electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) comes under the directive, except those specific classes exempted in Articles 3 & 4. How does this affect machine builders and manufacturers of other kinds of products? Read on for the answer to these questions and more.