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The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE)

Definition - What does The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) mean?

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) refers to legislation originating in the EU that specifies, together with the RoHS a framework for the collection, recovery and recycling of electronic equipment and its components. It was adopted by OSHA in 2009. The directive specifies the methodology to be followed in the disposal of electronic waste including fluorescent tubes, household and workplace appliances, and specifies the materials to be used in the manufacture of electronic components.

Safeopedia explains The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE)

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive stipulates that manufacturers have full responsibility for the disposal of the products they manufacture and distribute, and that this should be carried out in an environmentally sustainable manner. It states that any consumer should be able to return obsolete or defunct electronic goods to the manufacturer at no cost, and that manufacturers are responsible for implementing appropriate disposal methods. The directive aims to add incentive to and enforce recycling of electronic waste in such a way that 86% of all defunct electronic goods will be recycled by 2016.

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