If you are an importer or manufacturer
If you are an importer or manufacturer, you can find out if you need to comply with the WEEE regulations by checking the Environment Agency website. The directive covers 10 categories, from train sets to IT equipment to vending machines – so chances are that if your business involves any electrical equipment, you will be covered by the regulations.
The best thing to do is to register for a compliance scheme, which will offer advice, guidance, instructions, and recycling solutions to help your business comply with the WEEE regulations, on the Envionment Agency website.
The next step is to provide the scheme with information on how you will dismantle and recycle your products when they come to the end of their life, including information on how any new products might be reused or recycled. Guidance cab be found on the WEEE advisory body website.
Finally, make sure all your products are marked with the ‘crossed out wheelie bin’ symbol, as well as a producer identification mark, so your customers know who to contact when their equipment reaches the end of its life.
For more on the WEEE directive and how it affects your business, go to netregs.gov.uk; the BERR website; or the Environment Agency WEEE microsite.