Producer responsibility for electrical and electronic equipment Information and guidelines for the producer responsibility of electrical and electronic equipment svenska Share Contact Listen Guidance Target group Foreign companies that put electrical and electronic equipment on the Swedish market. Content: What regulations apply? Who is a producer? Producer of household EEE Producer of other EEE Foreign producers or Swedish producers who sell from distance within EU EU Standards for WEEE What regulations apply? Anyone who places electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) on the Swedish market is defined as a producer and has a producer responsibility. The producer responsibility implies an obligation to accept returned products when they have become waste as well as covering the management of WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) and financial responsibility for such activities. A producer is obliged to register with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The registration is mandatory independent of whether or not the producer has joined a collective waste collection scheme for WEEE. You register as a producer in the EEB register (Register of electrical and electronic equipment and batteries). Products with integrated batteries are covered by two regulations All EEE with built in batteries is subject to two regulations, the Ordinance (2014:1075) on producer responsibility for electrical and electronic equipment and the Ordinance on producer responsibility for batteries (SFS 2008:834). Also see guidelines on producer responsibility for batteries. Guidance for producers of batteries Who is a producer? The Ordinance on producer responsibility of EEE is the Swedish implementation of the Directive 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).A producer of EEE is any natural or legal person who is established in Sweden and manufactures EEE or has EEE designed or manufactured and markets it under his name or trademark within Sweden, is established in Sweden and resells equipment under his own name or trademark which is produced by other suppliers, if the reseller is not being regarded as the ‘producer’ as provided for in point 1, is established in Sweden and places EEE from a third country or from another EU Member state on the Swedish market, or sells EEE by means of distance communication directly to users in an EU Member State where the seller is not established. Anyone subject to any of the above listed criteria fall under the producer responsibility provisions provided that the equipment is within scope of the Ordinance (2014:1075) on producer responsibility of EEE, see “Products in scope” in the menu. Producer of household EEE Products that are normally used in households can become household waste when discarded and are therefore referred to as household EEE. Being used professionally does not automatically exclude an EEE from being household EEE. It is the product’s construction, function and normal area of use that determines if it is household EEE or other EEE. The buyer of the product you supplying is of no significance. For example, a personal computer is household EEE, regardless if it is used professionally or in a household. Producer responsibility, household EEE A producer who sells household EEE has responsibility for: taking financial responsibility for WEEE from equipment sold in Sweden from August 13, 2005. taking financial responsibility for WEEE from equipment sold in Sweden before August 13, 2005. A producer shall also: join to an approved WEEE collective system, within a year after commenced sale provide information about the product´s contents to waste management operators, be able to present how the above obligations of information are fulfilled to the Swedish EPA when requested, label the products and design the products in order to promote recycling and reuse. Producer of other EEE Electrical and electronic equipment which is not household EEE (professional EEE) is defined as other electronic equipment. Producer responsibility, other EEE Producers of other EEE shall: accept to take back equipment that has become waste, that has been provided by the producer in Sweden from August 13, 2005. accept to take back WEEE that is replaced by a new equivalent equipment fulfilling the same function, within a year after commenced sale provide information about the product´s contents to waste management operators, be able to present how the above obligations of information are fulfilled to the Swedish EPA when requested, label the products, design the products in order to promote recycling and reuse, give information to users about how equipment that has become waste can be taken care of, secure that collected waste is transported, pretreated, reused, recycled, energy recovered or managed in an otherwise environmentally acceptable manner and achieve the recycling targets according to the Ordinance of producer responsibility of EEE. Foreign producers or Swedish producers who sell from distance within EU According to the WEEE- directive member states shall make sure that those who are producers in another member state than where it is established appoint an authorised representative. The authorised representative takes over the responsibility for fulfilling the obligations of a producer in that member state and needs to be established in that member state. It is mandatory for a Swedish producer selling EEE by means of distance communication to a user in another member state to appoint an authorised representative. For a producer selling EEE by means of distance communication from another member state to Swedish users it is mandatory according to the WEEE-directive to appoint an authorised representative in Sweden. The same obligation applies to a branch, since they are part of a foreign-based company Producers that are established in a third country and sell by means of distance communication to Swedish users have to be registered or may instead register through an authorised representative. Producers inside EU that sell to a Swedish producer but want to report for the Swedish producer has to appoint an authorised representative in Sweden. The implementation of the Directive may differ between the member states. More information on the implementations in the different member states can be found at the European Weee Registers Network. European Weee Registers Network EU Standards for WEEE The following standards are under progress by CENELEC and will replace the previous “Weeelabex” standards: EN 50614 Preparing for re-use EN 50625-1; TS 50625-3-1 General treatment and depollution requirements EN 50625-2-1; TS 50625-3-2 Lamps EN 50625-2-2; TS 50625-3-3 Displays (CRT FPD) EN 50625-2-3; TS 50625-3-4 Temperature exchange equipment EN 50625-2-4; TS 50625-3-5 Photovoltaic panels TS 50625-5 * Final treatment Link to CENELEC Brochure about the standards (pdf 3 MB) It is not mandatory to follow the standards in Sweden. Legislation EEE/WEEE Ordinance (2014:1075) on producer responsibility for electrical and electronic equipment (In Swedish only) Ordinance (2008:834) on producer responsibility for batteries (In Swedish only) The WEEE-directive of the European Parliament and of the Council 2012/19/EU Other relevant legislation for the producer responsibility (In Swedish only) Ordinance (2011:927) on waste Regulation (NFS 2018:11) by the Swedish EPA on pretreatment of WEEE Ordinance (2000:208) on producer responsibility for filament bulbs and certain lighting equipment Hazardous substances Ordinance (2012:861) on hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (In Swedish only) The RoHS directive direktivet of the European Parliament and of the Council 2011/65/EU Legal enforcement (In Swedish only) Ordinance (2012:259) on environmental sanction charges Law (1985:206) on fines Miljötillsynsförordning Ordinance (2011:13) on environmental enforcement Förordning Ordinance (1998:940) on fees for permit matters and enforcement according to the Environmental Law Background The Environmental Protection Agency has been assigned as the enforcement authority through Section 24 in the Ordinance (2011:13) on environmental enforcement and is responsible for reviewing that the nationwide regulations on producer responsibility are fulfilled. The Swedish Ordinance (2014:1075) on producer responsibility for electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), which entered into force in October 2014, is the Swedish implementation of the WEEE-directive. WEEE is short form waste electrical and electronic equipment. The scope of the producer responsibility changed in 2018. The categories of EEE changes and the producer responsibility will cover more product types.