The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations apply to businesses that produce electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). You are defined as a producer if you put EEE on the UK market by:
- manufacturing and selling EEE under your own brand
- reselling EEE products produced by another supplier under your own brand (rebranding)
- importing or exporting EEE into the UK or another European Union member state on a professional basis
The regulations apply to all producers regardless of their size.
If you distribute, sell or use EEE, or deal with WEEE, you also have legal duties - see waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
Check if your products are affected
There are a number of steps you should follow when assessing whether your products are covered by the WEEE Regulations. You need to check:
- the product's power source and voltage rating - see how to check the power source and voltage of your product
- whether the product falls into one of ten EEE categories - see how to check product categories
- whether it's been put on the UK market - see how to check if you put products on the UK market
- whether the product is a finished product or a spare, sub-assembly or component - see final products, spares, sub-assemblies and components
- whether it falls under an exemption - see exemptions under the WEEE Regulations