Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE): implementing the recast Directive and UK system changes
This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
This consultation has concluded
Download the full outcome
Government response: implementation of the WEEE recast Directive 2012/19/EU and changes to the UK WEEE system
Ref: BIS/11/1179 PDF, 188KB, 21 pages
Final impact assessment of the recast Directive on 2012/19/EU on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
Ref: BIS/13/1180 PDF, 234KB, 50 pages
Ref: BIS/13/1181 PDF, 554KB, 74 pages
Ref: BIS/13/1182 PDF, 392KB, 72 pages
Detail of outcome
In implementing the WEEE Recast Directive, the government will:
- create a new category for photo-voltaic panels
- include LED lamp sources in category 13
- continue to research the use of ‘substantiated estimates’ of WEEE arising outside the existing system
- continue to engage with stakeholders about a system incorporating more individual producer responsibility
We will also introduce changes that will reduce regulatory burdens on business. These include introducing a system based on option 3 ‘target and compliance fee’, and removing the requirement for independent audits of treatment facilities.
Provide feedback on the updated draft Waste Electrical Electronic and Equipment Regulations by 1 November 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org or see the government response for further details on how to respond.
Detail of feedback received
This document summarises the responses we received to the WEEE consultation. We aim to publish the full government response in September 2013, with final impact assessments and revised regulations. The government response will set out how the government intends to take forward each of the issues that we have consulted about. You will have an opportunity to comment on these revised regulations.
This consultation ran from
Seeks views on revised WEEE Regulations, and changes to the UK system for WEEE collection, treatment recovery, recycling and re-use.
This consultation looks at:
- how the government should amend the existing Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2006 to ensure compliance with the recast WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU published on 24 July 2012
- how to respond to concerns from UK producers of electrical and electronic equipment under the Environmental Theme of the Red Tape Challenge about the cost of meeting their financial obligations under the UK WEEE Regulations
The consultation is an important part of the process of introducing the revised WEEE Regulations that are expected to come into force from 1 January 2014.
This consultation is relevant to:
- distance sellers
- local authorities
- waste management companies and treatment operators
- re-use organisations
We aim to publish a government response within 8 weeks of the consultation closing date (21 June 2013).
We will take views of all stakeholders into account. If there is support for reform of the UK WEEE system under the options set out in the consultation document, we will consult further on draft regulations.
We intend to lay the final version of the Regulations before Parliament to come into force from 1 January 2014, when the old Regulations will be revoked. We aim to publish the UK government guidance notes for the new Regulations at least 10 weeks before that date.
Implementation of the WEEE Recast Directive 2012/19/EU and changes to the UK WEEE system: consultation
Ref: BIS/13/762 PDF, 480KB, 37 pages
Impact assessment of the Recast Directive 2012/19/EU on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
Ref: BIS/13/763 PDF, 324KB, 75 pages
Ref: BIS/13/764 PDF, 805KB, 116 pages
Ref: BIS/13/765 PDF, 474KB, 66 pages
Published: 17 April 2013
Updated: 11 October 2013
- Government response, final impact assessments and updated draft regulations published.
- Summary of public responses to consultation published.
- First published.