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WEEE Directive


The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) was introduced into UK law in January 2007 by the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Regulations 2006. The WEEE Directive aims to reduce the amount of electrical and electronic equipment being produced and to encourage everyone to reuse, recycle and recover it. WEEE is the fastest growing waste stream in the UK. Each year in the UK, the general public dispose of over 1.2 million tonnes of electrical and electronic waste, the equivalent to 150,000 double decker buses!

To legally transport and recycle WEEE waste you must be licenced by the Environment Agency. Any company that offers this service must hold a Waste Carriers Licence and an environmental permit or exemption. All WEEE waste should be recycled in accordance with Guidance on Best Available Treatment, Recovery and Recycling Techniques (BATRRT) and treatment of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

Movement of all WEEE waste must be accompanied by a WTN and if in the case of Lead Acid Batteries and Cathode Ray Monitor a Hazardous Waste Consignment Note*. In association with the HWCN the producer must register with the E.A.** These documents must detail all the information shown in the example Hazardous Waste Consignment Note below.

You must keep copies of all your WTNs for at least two years (three years for HWCNs) and must be able to produce them on demand to the Environment Agency or local authority, or you could be fined.