WEEE: Obligations on B2B producers
The WEEE Directive encourages the design and production of electrical and electronic equipment to facilitate its repair, possible upgrading, re-use, disassembly and recycling at end-of-life. From August 2005, it makes producers in the ten product categories responsible for financing the collection of their products at end-of-life and meeting targets for its recycling and recovery. We have developed a package of WEEE services to assist B2B companies to address these issues.
A producer is defined as any organisation that, irrespective of the selling technique used:
- is established in a Member State and manufactures EEE under his own name or Trademark and markets it under his name or trade mark within the territory of that Member State,
- is established in a Member State and resells within the territory of that Member State, under his own name or trade mark, equipment produced by other suppliers
- is established in a Member State and places on the market of that Member State, on a professional basis, EEE from a third country or from another Member State
- sells EEE by means of distance communication directly to private households or to users other than private households in a Member State, and is established in another Member State or in a third country.
In the case of 1 and 2 above, the responsibility for compliance with the WEEE Directive rests with the organisation that owns the brand name which is displayed on the product. The brand name referred to here is the brand name under which the product is sold, and does not imply any responsibility for organisations which own brand names of components that may be contained within the product. For example, a Sony PlayStation contains a power supply unit supplied by Philips and displaying the Philips brand name. There is no producer obligation on Philips under the WEEE Directive, the producer obligation rests 100% with Sony.