The purpose of the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU) is to prevent the generation of waste electrical and electronic equipment and promote the reuse, recycling and other methods of utilisation of waste in order to decrease the amount of waste ending up in final treatment.
The Directive’s scope of application includes household appliances, IT and telecommunications equipment, consumer electronics, lighting equipment, electrical and electronic tools, toys, leisure and sports equipment, medical devices and accessories, monitoring and control instruments and automatic dispensers. The exceptions are filament bulbs and electrical and electronic equipment that form a part of equipment of another type.
Equipment placed on the market after 13 August 2005 must be marked with a separate collection label and a marking that indicates the equipment’s producer who placed the equipment on the EU market. The separate collection label is a crossed-out wheeled bin. In special cases, due to the product’s size or operation, the separate collection label may be affixed on the equipment’s packaging, operating instructions or warranty certificate. The equipment’s marking must also indicate that it has been placed on the market after 13 August 2005.
Image of separate-collection label:
In Finland, the Directive has been enacted in national legislation by the Waste Act (646/2011). In Finland, the Pirkanmaa Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment is responsible for the obligations related to arranging the waste management for the manufacturers and importers of electrical and electronic equipment, or producer responsibility. For more information on producer responsibility, see here.