Consultation outcome

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

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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 or see the government response for further details on how to respond.

Feedback received

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.

Original consultation


Seeks views on revised WEEE Regulations, and changes to the UK system for WEEE collection, treatment recovery, recycling and re-use.

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Consultation description

This consultation looks at:

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:

  • producers
  • retailers
  • distance sellers
  • distributors
  • local authorities
  • waste management companies and treatment operators
  • re-use organisations

Next steps

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.


Published 17 April 2013
Last updated 11 October 2013 + show all updates
  1. Government response, final impact assessments and updated draft regulations published.

  2. Summary of public responses to consultation published.

  3. First published.