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  1. Producer Responsibility Karen Strandoo Suffolk County Council

  2. WEEE Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

  3. What is WEEE? • Anything that is powered by an electrical current • – provided either by mains or battery.

  4. Legislation • The WEEE Directive- the European Parliament and Council Directive on Waste electrical and Electronic Equipment (2002/96/EC)-August 2005 • WEEE regulations UK implement the Directive-came into force January 2007 Other relevant pieces of legislation • The ROHS Directive The European Parliament and Council Directive on the restriction of hazardous substances in EEE • Ozone depleting substances Regulations

  5. Aims • Address the environmental impacts of WEEE • Encourage separate collection and environmentally sound treatment and disposal • Improve the lifecycle of EEE-Green Design

  6. Requirements • WEEE regulations place obligations on producers and distributors of EEE in the UK • Implications for local authorities, waste management sector and consumers of EEE

  7. The Players

  8. Producers • Producers-manufacturer, reseller, importer or exporter • Must register with a Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS) to discharge obligations. eg register, reporting, financing costs of collection, treatment and disposal • Fees are tiered according to turnover • Must assist with marketing information to assist with separate collection

  9. Distributers • Distributer-retailer of new EEE, wholesalers of new EEE for use in households. • Provide free take-back service in store or join Distributer Take-back Scheme (DTS) fee proportional to number of units sold • Provide information to public about free return.

  10. Local Authorities • No direct legal obligations • Can register waste sites as Designated Collection Facilities (DCFs) • Can get free collection of WEEE from Sites • Secure funding for site improvements • No legal obligation on public to separate WEEE

  11. Suffolk WEEE • All public Waste Sites in Suffolk are Designated Collection Facilities (DCF) • Only householders and charities can bring in WEEE free of charge.

  12. 5 Main Categories • Cat A. Large Domestic Appliances (LDA) • Cat. B. Fridges/freezers • Cat. C. CRT’s (TV’s & monitors) • Cat. D. Gas Discharge lamps (Fluorescent tubes & low energy bulbs) • Cat. E. Small Domestic Appliances (SDA)

  13. Hazardous WEEE Categories: • B (Fridges & Freezers) • C (CRT’s) • D (Gas discharge lamps) Are classified as hazardous waste & require a hazardous waste consignment note when removed from site.

  14. Tonnes of WEEE

  15. Waste Site

  16. The Players Join PCS Education Collection Treatment Disposal Fund Sites Join DTS

  17. More info on WEEE Karen.strandoo@et.suffolkcc.gov.uk WWW.BERR.gov.uk