Legal basis

EU Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) governs the return and handling of electrical and electronic equipment and gives significant responsibility for products to manufacturers and importers. The directive came into force on 13 August 2005 and has been implemented by national laws in the EU member states.
The Directive has been recasted in 2012 and became effective as Directive 2012/19/EU on 14 February 2014 (so called WEEE Recast).

The directive applies to the following ten types of electrical and electronic equipment:

  • Large and small domestic appliances
  • IT and telecommunications equipment
  • Home entertainment equipment
  • Lighting equipment
  • Electrical and electronic tools (with the exception of large, static industrial tools)
  • Toys and sports and leisure equipment
  • Medical devices (with the exception of implanted and infected items)
  • Monitoring and control equipment
  • Vending and dispensing machines
  • Photovoltaic (PV) modules


We are happy to offer advice and clarification regarding the impact of this directive on your business.

Please feel free to call us, or fill in the enquiry form and we will contact you.


Andreas Kröniger

Tel. +49 89 490 49 500