Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
If you manufacture, rebrand or import electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), you are a producer of EEE and you must:
You can get advice on how to meet your legal requirements by contacting:
These organisations regulate producers' obligations under the WEEE Regulations.
You must join an approved producer compliance scheme - there are around 40 to choose from. Alternatively, you could establish your own scheme for your business or for a group of businesses. All schemes must be approved by either the Environment Agency, NIEA or Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
The NIEA and SEPA provide lists of producer compliance schemes.
See the page in this guideline: Operating a WEEE producer compliance scheme.
You must make sure that your products comply with limits on the use of certain hazardous substances.
Your products may also have to meet energy labelling and ecodesign requirements.
You should design your products so that they can be easily repaired, recycled and dismantled. Improving the design, to make your products easier to recycle, can make it easier to meet your WEEE obligations, especially for non-household equipment.
If you are affected by WEEE regulations you may also have obligations under the Batteries Directive.
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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