LIGHTING PRODUCERS’ WEEE OBLIGATIONS
The WEEE Regulations state that:
“Producers of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) are responsible for financing and ensuring the disposal of end-of-life products in an environmentally sound way arising from both household and non-household users.”
You must join a Producer Compliance Scheme which will take responsibility for financing the safe disposal of your share of products at end-of life.
You are classed as a producer if you put a product in scope of the WEEE regulations onto the UK market.
This applies to all companies who:
- Manufacture and sell electrical and electronic equipment under their own brand.
- Resell, under their own brand, equipment produced by other suppliers.
- Import electrical and electronic equipment on a professional basis into an EU Member State.
If you put on market less than five tonnes in a calendar year, you may alternatively register directly with the Environment Agency.
Recolight will fulfil its Members’ WEEE recycling obligations.
- Producers are required to mark all EEE put onto market with the crossed out wheelie bin symbol, this is to encourage its separate collection at the end of its life.
- The black line under the bin is used to identify products put on market after 2005.
- Information must also be made available to treatment facilities in respect of new types of EEE put on the market.
Reporting to the Environment Agency
Your put on market data must be submitted to your PCS who will then send it to the relevant environment agency. At Recolight this is done through a WEEE Black Box online reporting system. This automatically calculates your monthly invoice.
Because reporting is per lamp or luminaire put on market this means you have no hidden costs and can forecast what you will be charged each month.
The regulations require that you also make an annual declaration – this is a summary of all your monthly declarations.