WEEE Directive Guidelines

Published: 18 June 2003

Policies & Issues: Environment

Following the recent adoption on 13 February 2003 of the Directives on waste, electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) 2002/96/EC and on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) 2002/95/EC, Orgalime has set up a 'WEEE' task force which is undertaking a number of different actions in collaboration with its national member associations and European Sector Associations whose products are included in these directives.

As a first step the task force worked on writing a practical guide to understanding the directives which Orgalime has published and which can be purchased from Orgalime members.

The Orgalime guide which was published in April 2003 includes :

- the background to the directive

- an outline of the main features of the directive

- an examination in some details of the directive and its requirements

- several annexes (including the text of the directive)

While this guide is essentially descriptive, the Orgalime WEEE Task Force is also working on a number of guidelines which seek to provide our industry’s interpretation of the directive. We believe that such interpretations provide useful input to the EU member states at the time that they are transposing the directives into national law and thereafter when they apply them. These guidelines are being developed on a continuous base and can be downloaded hereafter.

References: 2002/96/EC

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