Waste Regs Easy Audit
WEEE REGULATIONS SOLUTION – COMPLIANCE AUDIT AND POLICY
WASTE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT REGULATIONS
WHAT ARE THE WEEE REGULATIONS AND WHO DO THEY APPLY TO?
The Waste electrical and electronic equipment Regulations (WEEE) enforces a legal duty to dispose of used/old electrical and electronic equipment.
These regs apply to anyone who sells any electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and it doesn’t matter how/ where you sell it from. It applies whether you sell online, by phone or mail order or in a shop, market stall – anyhow or anywhere. There are additional rules if you also produce EEE too. Hardly surprising then that things get complicated and you might have some questions.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T COMPLY?
Aside from the damage to your business’ reputation (which can be almost impossible to recover from), if you fail to comply with your WEEE legal obligations (or you get it wrong) then you could ultimately be prosecuted and get an unlimited fine from the Crown Court. The good news is you can get help, at an affordable cost from Law Hound.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
There are 2 steps to comply with your legal duty:-
(1) Provide disposal
When you sell a customer a new piece of electrical and electronic equipment you must provide a way that the same customer can dispose of their old one. So, for example, if you sell a customer a tablet, you need to provide a way that they can dispose of their old one. However, it’s not just a like-for-like piece of equipment (old iPhone for a new iPhone) – the rules can be quite complicated.
You may choose to organise this disposal yourself or there are schemes which you can join. However, you must keep records about the disposal.
There are different rules which apply to very small electrical and electronic equipment.
(2) Provide your customers with the right information
You need to provide customers with the right information and display it in the right place. This includes information about how they can return, times limits and when you can make a charge for this disposal service.
Unfortunately many sellers don’t do this, or do it inadequately. For example, there is a common misconception that if a customer buys new electrical and electronic equipment online they can’t return their old version to a store.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP ME?
Since WEEE Regulations are complex it’s usually not enough for someone just to supply you with a document; it’s better and safer to have some support to get it right. We can provide you with a comprehensive WEEE Regulations Solution which contains the following so that you comply with your legal obligations as a seller of EEE:-
- initial information so you can choose your disposal options
- a WEEE Policy which covers your compliance duties
- the information which you must display for the customer (with guidance about where you display it)