Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations affect almost all businesses. You need to make sure that you understand your obligations and what you must do to meet them.
You must comply with the WEEE Regulations if you:
You are a producer if you:
The regulations apply to all producers regardless of their size.
For information on producer responsibilities, see the page in this guideline: Producers of electrical and electronic equipment – what you must do
You are a distributor if you sell EEE for use in households. This includes selling products via:
For information on distributor responsibilities, see the page in this guideline: Distributors of electrical and electronic equipment – what you must do
If your business uses EEE you must deal with it correctly once you no longer need it. See the page in this guideline: Users of electrical and electronic equipment - what you must do
If your business repairs or refurbishes WEEE you may need a pollution prevention and control (PPC) permit, waste management licence or an exemption. See the page in this guideline: Repairing, refurbishing and storing WEEE.
If your business treats, reprocesses, recovers or recycles WEEE you must have a PPC permit, waste management licence or an exemption. See the page in this guideline: Treating and recycling WEEE.
If you export WEEE for reuse, treatment or reprocessing you must comply with export controls. See the page in this guideline: Exporting WEEE.
PCS operators arrange for their members' WEEE to be collected and treated, recycled or reused. If you operate a PCS you must meet certain requirements. See the page in this guideline: Operating a WEEE producer compliance scheme
You can use the NetRegs e-learning tools to get a good overview of key issues. These tools are free to use and cover the essential points of each topic. They might be useful as a refresher course, or to make sure that staff have a good understanding of their environmental responsibilities.
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The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
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