Responsibilities under the WEEE regulations
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations came into force in 2007. Retailers, or distributors, are responsible for providing a network of free disposal facilities to consumers for B2C WEEE.
You are a retailer under the WEEE regulations if you supply new Electrical or Electronic Equipment (EEE) which is intended for use by private households, Examples of such retailers include:
- high street retailers
- mail order sellers
- internet sellers
As a distributor of household EEE you have a responsibility to inform householders of:
- the potential environmental and health impacts of hazardous substances in WEEE
- the facilities available for the disposal of WEEE
- how to contribute to the recycling and reuse of WEEE under the regulations
- the need for separate WEEE collections
Retailers must also allow WEEE from private households to be able to be returned free of charge, on a like-for-like basis. They must also maintain records of the number of units of WEEE from private households that are returned to them. Records should be kept for 4 years and should be made available if necessary.
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