The WEEE ten product categories
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations may apply to your products if they fall into one of the following ten categories:
- Category 1 - large household appliances eg fridges, radiators and air conditioning appliances
- Category 2 - small household appliances eg sewing machines, toasters and clocks
- Category 3 - IT and telecommunications equipment eg computers and their accessories, calculators and phones
- Category 4 - consumer equipment eg TVs, radios and musical instruments
- Category 5 - lighting equipment eg fluorescent lamps and non-household luminaires
- Category 6 - electrical and electronic tools eg drills, welding equipment and lawnmowers
- Category 7 - toys, leisure and sports equipment eg electric train sets, video games and slot machines
- Category 8 - medical devices eg dialysis machines, ventilators and radiotherapy equipment
- Category 9 - monitoring and control instruments eg smoke detectors, thermostats and other instruments used in industrial installations
- Category 10 - automatic dispensers eg drinks, food and money dispensers
If your products do not fall into any of these categories, or if it qualifies for an exemption, you may not need to comply with the WEEE Regulations. Note that even if a product doesn't obviously fit into a category it could still be affected by the WEEE Regulations.
Next steps if your product is under a WEEE category
If your product falls under one of the ten categories, check whether it's been put on the UK market - see how to check if you put your WEEE products on the UK market.
If you believe that your product is outside the scope of the WEEE Regulations, it is highly recommended that you keep relevant documentation to explain your decision - see what to do if the WEEE Regulations don't apply.