What is the definition of a producer?
You are a producer under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive if you:
- manufacture and sell Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) under your own brand
- resell equipment produced by other suppliers under your own brand
- import EEE on a professional basis into a European Union (EU) Member State
What are the obligations on producers?
Producers of WEEE must join a Producer Compliance Scheme that has been approved by us and supply quarterly on EEE placed on the market by them.
The regulations apply to all producers whatever their turnover, market share or number of employees. Businesses that only place non-household EEE on the UK market must still join a Compliance Scheme.
The annual compliance period for WEEE is 1 January to 31 December each year. Producers must apply to join a compliance scheme on or before 15 October in the year previous to the next compliance period. Where a producer puts EEE on the market after this date, the Producer must join a scheme within 28 days of first intending to put EEE on the market within the UK. To register, producers need to fill out a form and pay a fee.
Since 1 April 2007, producers have had to mark EEE with a crossed out wheeled bin symbol, a producer identifier mark and a date mark.
View a list of registered producers in the UK. You will find Northern Ireland based producers by doing a search using address or postcode. The list is periodically be updated.
Producer Compliance Schemes
When a producer joins a Compliance Scheme they will be asked for data on the types and quantity of EEE placed on the UK market during the relevant compliance periods.
The information on household EEE will enable us to calculate that producer's market share, and in turn, the market share of the chosen Producer Compliance Scheme. We will also receive quarterly reports from the Schemes to confirm how much WEEE has been collected from Designated Collection Facilities (mostly council civic amenity sites) and how much new EEE has been placed on the market. This data will be used to calculate each Scheme's financial responsibility for treating and recycling household WEEE.
Producer Compliance Schemes have been able apply for approval since 2 January 2007. Some scheme operators only want to cover non-household EEE and others may seek producers from a particular sector, and there are likely to be several that will be open to any producer. The environment agencies have up to 28 days from receipt of an application to determine it.
A copy of the Producer Compliance Scheme application form and guidance (.PDF 269Kb) can be found on the Environment Agency's website. A list of approved schemes also appears on the Scottish Environment Protection Agency website for all the UK. The list will periodically be updated.
At the end of each compliance period, Producer Compliance Schemes will need to provide evidence to us to show that they have met their treatment and recycling obligations. The evidence will come from Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities (AATFs) and Approved Exporters (AEs) of WEEE.