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Recast WEEE Directive comes into force in the UK

01 January 2014

The recast European Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (“WEEE” Directive, 2012/19/EU) has now been enacted in to UK law by means of Statutory Instrument 2013 No. 3113.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, 2012/19/EU, makes it a requirement for manufacturers to display the crossed-out “wheely bin” symbol on all Electrical and Electronic Equipment that is to be placed on the European market.

The crossed-out “wheely bin” symbol is not a certification mark, but is intended to ensure that consumers and equipment users understand that they should take special steps to dispose of the product when end of life.

The WEEE Directive is part of a series of European legislation that is designed to contribute to the efficient use of resources, the retrieval of valuable materials and to reduce the quantity of toxic and hazardous waste which might otherwise pollute the environment.

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