Collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) Producers and distributors shall take financial and organisational responsibility for take back and treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). Below is a description of these provisions. svenska Share Contact Listen Guidance Every producer is responsible for taking care of electrical and electronic equipment, (EEE), and when its becomes waste, (WEEE), and treat it in an environmentally correct way. If you are obligated under the obligations of producer responsibility for household EEE, you are liableobliged to join a collective scheme that has a permit from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (, EPA). Such approved collective schemes are the only actors except from municipalities, who shall may collect household WEEE. There are two collective system for WEEE in Sweden with a permit; El-Kretsen AB and Recipo Ekonomisk förening. For other WEEE than household WEEE (professional equipment) the provisions for waste management in general are applicable, but there is no obligation to join a collective scheme. Obligation for retailers to accept waste When supplying a new product, distributors are responsible for ensuring that similar waste can be returned to the distributor free of charge. It should work like on a one-to-one basis as long as the equipment is of equivalent type and has fulfilled the same functions as the supplied equipment. Distributors at retail shops with sales areas relating to EEE of at least 400 m2 have to provide for collection of small WEEE (with no external dimension more than 25 cm) free of charge to end-users and where there is no obligation to buy EEE of an equivalent type. The WEEE collected by distributors shall be handed over to a collective scheme with permit to collect household WEEE. The distributor shall inform end users of the possibility to return WEEE. In case of new products that becomes avaible on the market the producer should also inform about the environmental and health risks referred to improper treatment of WEEE. Internet distributors It is inappropriate to send WEEE by mail and therefore distributors of EEE that sell by means of distance communication are not able to collect WEEE in the same way as a physical store. Nevertheless, internet distributors shall as long as it is possible meet their obligation to accept WEEE, by for example informing end users about their nearest recycling center and when possible, accept WEEE in return at a site that the distributor possess, such as a sales office or a storage site. 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.