The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive)is the European Community directive 2002/96/EC on waste electrical and electronic equipment which, together with the RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC, became European Law in February 2003, setting collection, recycling and recovery targets for all types of electrical goods.
The directive imposes the responsibility for the disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) on the manufacturers of such equipment. Manufacturers are then required to establish an infrastructure for collecting WEEE. Also, we are compelled to use the collected waste in an ecologically friendly manner, either by ecological disposal or by reuse/refurbishment of the collected WEEE.
The directive takes effect in the UK from 1st July 2007. From this date onwards, the manufacturers of all photocopiers, printers, multi-functional printers, computers, etc, etc, are required to arrange the environmentally friendly disposal of all such equipment made by them which reaches “end of life” - i.e. is no longer required by the owner and would otherwise be discarded as waste.
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