What is covered by WEEE regulations?

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)

Despite this, waste from electrical and electronic equipment has continued to increase, innovation cycles are getting shorter and the replacement of equipment is accelerating, making EEE a growing source of waste. The management of this waste requires intensified measures and efforts by all EU Member States as the hazardous components contained in EEE continue to be a major problem during the waste management phase and, in some cases, the degree of recycling is insufficient. This situation is compounded by a significant outflow of WEEE outside the EU in an uncontrolled manner, resulting in a lack of knowledge of how this waste is finally managed and the loss of components with significant economic value.

As a consequence of these developments, Directive 2002/96/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 January was replaced by Directive 2012/19/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 on waste electrical and electronic equipment, which incorporates significant improvements in the management of WEEE in Europe. This 2012 Directive incorporates the most updated principles of the Community legislation on the matter, Directive 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, of November 19, 2008, on waste and repealing certain Directives (the so-called “Waste Framework Directive”), which includes the approaches of efficient use of resources, prevention and progress towards the decoupling of economic growth and the increase in waste generation, as well as the principle of waste management hierarchy.

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Electrical and electronic equipment (EEE): all equipment that requires electric current or electromagnetic fields to function properly, as well as the equipment necessary to generate, transmit and measure such currents and fields, intended for use with a rated voltage not exceeding 1,000 volts in alternating current and 1,500 volts in direct current.

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE): all electrical and electronic equipment that becomes waste. This definition includes all components, subassemblies and consumables that are part of the product at the time it is discarded.

As of August 15, 2018, print cartridges containing electrical parts are considered electrical and electronic equipment (as stated in question 3.8 of the MITECO FAQ document) and their waste is WEEE and RD 110/2015 applies to them. The next modification of RD 110/2015 or of the FAQ document will establish the corresponding LER-WEEE codes. In any case, the treatment of this waste must be done in accordance with the provisions of chapter V of RD 110/2015.

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Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is “all electrical and electronic equipment which becomes waste according to the definition in Directive 75/442/EEC (“any substance or object which the holder discards or intends or is required to discard”).

This term includes all those components, sub-assemblies and consumables that are part of the equipment at the time of disposal. The definition covers waste from both private households and professional uses.

Electronic scrap or e-waste or WEEE are all those electrical or electronic products that have been discarded or thrown away, such as: computers, cell phones, televisions and household appliances.

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Electronic scrap is characterized by its rapid growth due to the rapid obsolescence of electronic devices and the increased demand for them worldwide, among other factors. Its inadequate treatment can cause serious impacts to the environment and put human health at risk.

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That, according to Article I of the Preliminary Title of Law No. 28611, General Environmental Law, every person has the inalienable right to live in a healthy, balanced and adequate environment for the full development of life, and the duty to contribute to an effective environmental management and to protect the environment and its components, particularly ensuring the health of people individually and collectively, the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of natural resources and the sustainable development of the country;

That, according to Article 7, paragraph k) of Legislative Decree No. 1013, Law of Creation, Organization and Functions of the Ministry of the Environment, this entity has the specific function, among others, to promote and coordinate the adequate management of solid waste;

That, the LGIRS introduces among other principles, the extended producer responsibility (REP), which promotes that manufacturers, importers, distributors and marketers are actively involved in the different stages of the life cycle of the product, prioritizing the recovery and recovery of waste. Thus, Article 13 establishes the regulatory framework for its implementation through the special waste management regime for prioritized goods;

What is covered by WEEE regulations?
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