For Producer of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) – and therefore subject to legal and regulatory obligations – is meant any natural or legal person who, regardless of the sales technique used (including distance/online selling or teleshopping), responds to the following characteristics:
The legislation sets the following obligations for the Producer:
The EEE Register is the National Register of Electrical and Electronic Equipment Producers to which all Producers of household and professional EEE must be registered with and declare on an annual basis their volumes placed on the market.
The Register is public and accessible at: registroaee.it.
A product falls within the scope of application when it corresponds to the definition of electrical and electronic equipment, save for some exceptions expressly mentioned by the legislation (specified in the next question). Legislative Decree 49/2014 provides in Annex III a list of the categories falling within the open scope:
The legislation also includes in Annex IV a list (albeit non-exhaustive) of some equipment falling within the scope of application. If you have any doubts about your products, contact us and we will provide you the necessary information.
The only equipment excluded from the legislation, and therefore not subject to it, relates to:
In order to ascertain if your products fall within the open scope, contact us and we will support you in this process.
Open scope means the extension of the scope of the WEEE legislation to product categories that until 15 August 2018 were excluded. Any equipment corresponding to the definition of EEE must therefore be considered subject to the legislation, unless explicitly excluded.
Legislative Decree 49/2014 lays down administrative sanctions for defaulting Producers:
In accordance with the provisions of the legislation in force (Legislative Decree 49/2014), Distributors of household EEE must:
Ministerial Decree No. 65 of 8 March 2010, sets out the simplified procedures governing the collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) by distributors, installers and service centres operators.
In addition, Distributors can set up Grouping Places, i.e. sites where the Distributor stores WEEE delivered by consumers. Grouping Places may be set up at the Distributor’s point of sale or elsewhere.
Distributors can collect professional WEEE only if formally appointed by the Producer itself, and transport it to authorised plants indicated by the Producers.
Ministerial Decree 65/2010, sets out the simplified procedures governing the collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) by distributors, installers and service centres operators.
Also in this case, as with household WEEE, there is the need to register in the Environmental Managers Register for the collection and transport of WEEE, including the keeping and compilation of the loading/unloading register and transport document.
No. Distributors are not obliged to take back professional WEEE. The Distributor must ensure the proper disposal of any professional WEEE produced solely by its business activity, such as obsolete, discarded or returned defective products.
When an Electrical and Electronic Equipment is disposed of, it becomes WEEE in all respects and, as such, must be properly treated. In this case the consumer is entitled to take it free of charge:
A – to his municipal collection point;
B – to the retailer when purchasing a new equivalent EEE. This mode, called One-for-One take-back, applies whether the new product is purchased in the store or online. In the first case, the consumer can take advantage of the free collection service from his home or deliver the WEEE at the point of sale. In the second case, the collection of the WEEE can be made from the consumer’s home or, where provided, the consumer can deliver his WEEE to a designated Grouping Place made available by the distributor;
C – to the retailer, with a sales area relating to EEE of at least 400 m2, even without making a new purchase. This mode, called One-for-Zero take-back, applies only to WEEE with no external dimension greater than 25 cm.
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