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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (WEEE)
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? Introduction
? What are the WEEE Regulations?
? What’s required of producers?
? What’s required of retailers?
? What are the implications for local authorities?
? What products are covered by the WEEE Regulations?
? What ‘Product Markings’ are required?
? What is meant by ‘treatment’?
? What is meant by like-for-like products?
? What is meant by ‘separately collected’ items?
? What is the likely timetable?
? What’s the proposed role for Compliance Schemes?
? What responsibilities have been placed on business users?
? How might the system work in practice?
? What is a Designated Collection Facility (DCF)?
? What’s the role of the regulatory agencies?
? What are the likely costs?
? What should I do now?
? Where can you find more information?
? Glossary of Acronyms you will come across in WEEE
? Some useful definitions (subject to final agreement with the regulatory agencies)



This FAQ section is designed to help those who might be affected by the WEEE Regulations to understand the way things are moving and the potential expectations on stakeholders.  Much of it is based on assumptions related to Consultation issued in July which requires responses by 17 October. The Frequently Asked Questions are therefore answered with what we believe are the most likely situations given the position laid out in the consultation documents

We do know, however, that the Regulations will come into force on 1st January 2007 and by fully implemented by 1st July 2007. 

The recently introduced English and Welsh Hazardous Waste Regulations and modified Scottish and Northern Irish Special Waste Regulations mean that many items that will be covered by the WEEE Regulations now have to be collected as hazardous waste - TVs, fridges, fluorescent tubes etc.  Separate collections of these types of products are therefore already generally required, but until the WEEE Regulations are introduced, they do not have to be treated, recycled or recovered and can be disposed of in the same way as other non-WEEE hazardous waste. 

As things develop and more detail is known, revised FAQs will be added to the info on the WEEE.

Need to know more about the new regulations on the management of electrical and electronic waste? Just click on any question above to find the latest position in the development of these Regulations. 

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