The WEEE Regulations have got bigger!

The WEEE Regulations have applied to a closed scope of products since 2007. Unless a product was listed in the fourteen categories, then they were out of scope. A specific exclusion meant that household luminaires were also out of scope.

In January 2019, The Regulations moved to an open scope. This means all products which meet the definition of electrical products are in scope, unless covered by an exclusion. The previous household luminaire exclusion has been removed bringing them into scope. Other lighting products coming into scope are wiring accessories such as plugs, sockets, switches.

Companies that sell these products in the UK, termed Producers, must now comply with the UK’s WEEE Regulations and report their UK sales data.

Recolight Open Scope Guides

To learn what this means to you, have a look the Recolight definitive guide for lighting and watch our short presentation.

DOWNLOAD > Household luminaires & WEEE open scope
a definitive guide for lighting

WATCH > 15 minute presentation – Open scope & the WEEE Regulations

DOWNLOAD >  Slides – Open Scope & the WEEE Regulations

A summary of changes to the scope of WEEE

  • Most electrical products already need to comply with the WEEE regulations.
  • Household luminaires, wiring accessories and other equipment come into scope of the UK’s WEEE Regulations from 2019.
  • Producers of equipment coming into scope must join a Producer Compliance Scheme and start reporting the weight of the product they sell from January 2019.
    (Very small producers supplying less than 5 tonnes per year may register directly with the Environment Agency).
  • Although many EU countries will move to 6 categories in 2019, reporting in the UK will remain with the current 14 categories.
  • Certain lighting products, such as furniture with integral LED lighting, remain out of scope.
  • Recolight will not apply put on market charges for new product coming into scope until 2020

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