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The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulations aim to:

  • reduce waste from electrical and electronic equipment

  • encourage the separate collection of WEEE

  • encourage treatment, reuse, recovery, recycling and sound environmental disposal of WEEE

  • make producers of EEE responsible for the environmental impact of their products

  • improve the environmental performance of all those involved during the lifecycle of EEE.

Below are examples of electrical and electronic equipment covered by the regulations.

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Schedule 1: Categories of EEE covered by these regulations
  1. Large household appliances

  2. Small household appliances

  3. IT and telecommunications equipment

  4. Consumer equipment

  5. Lighting equipment

  6. Electrical and electronic tools (with the exception of large-scale stationary industrial tools)

  7. Toys, leisure and sports equipment

  8. Medical devices (with the exception of all implanted and infected products)

  9. Monitoring and control instruments

  10. Automatic dispensers

Schedule 2: List of products which fall under the categories in Schedule 1
1. Large household appliances    
  • Large cooling appliances
  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Other large appliances used for refrigeration, conservation and storage of food
  • Washing machines
  • Clothes dryers
  • Dish washing machine
  • Cooking
  • Electric stoves
  • Electric hot plates
  • Microwaves
  • Other large appliances used for cooking and other processing of food
  • Electric heating appliances
  • Electric radiators
  • Other large appliances for heating rooms, beds, seating furniture
  • Electric fans
  • Air conditioner appliances
  • Other fanning, exhaust ventilation and conditioning equipment     
2. Small household appliances    
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Carpet sweepers
  • Other appliances for cleaning
  • Appliances used for sewing, knitting, weaving and other processing for textiles
  • Irons and other appliances for ironing, mangling and other care of clothing
  • Toasters
  • Fryers
  • Grinders, coffee machines and equipment for opening or sealing containers or packages
  • Electric knives
  • Appliances for hair-cutting, hair drying, tooth brushing, shaving, massage and other body care appliances
  • Clocks, watches and equipment for the purpose of measuring, indicating or registering time
  • Scales
3. IT and telecommunications equipment
  • Centralised data processing:
    • Mainframes
    • Minicomputers
    • Printer units
  • Personal computing:
    • Personal computers (CPU, mouse, screen and keyboard included)
    • Laptop computers (CPU, mouse, screen and keyboard included)
    • Notebook computers
    • Notepad computers
  • Printers
  • Copying equipment
  • Electrical and electronic typewriters
  • Pocket and desk calculators
  • Other products and equipment for the collection, storage, processing, presentation or communication of information by electronic means
  • User terminals and systems
  • Facsimile
  • Telex
  • Telephones
  • Pay telephones
  • Cordless telephones
  • Cellular telephones
  • Answering systems
  • Other products or equipment of transmitting sound, images or other information by telecommunications     
4. Consumer equipment 
  • Radio sets
  • Television sets
  • Videocameras
  • Video recorders
  • Hi-fi recorders
  • Audio amplifiers
  • Musical instruments
  • Other products or equipment for the purpose of recording or reproducing sound or images, including signals or other technologies for the distribution of sound and image than by telecommunications.
5. Lighting equipment 
  • Luminaires for fluorescent lamps with the exception of luminaires in households
  • Straight fluorescent lamps
  • Compact fluorescent lamps
  • High intensity discharge lamps, including pressure sodium lamps and metal halide lamps
  • Low pressure sodium lamps
  • Other lighting or equipment for the purpose of spreading or controlling light with the exception of filament bulbs   
6. Electrical and electronic tools (with the exception of large-scale stationary industrial tools)
  • Drills
  • Saws
  • Sewing machines
  • Equipment for turning, milling, sanding, grinding, sawing, cutting, shearing, drilling, making holes, punching, folding, bending or similar processing of wood, metal and other materials
  • Tools for riveting, nailing or screwing or removing rivets, nails, screws or similar uses
  • Tools for welding, soldering or similar use
  • Equipment for spraying, spreading, dispersing or other treatment of liquid or gaseous substances by other means
  • Tools for mowing or other gardening activities.  
7. Toys, leisure and sports equipment    
  • Electric trains or car racing sets
  • Hand-held video game consoles
  • Video games
  • Computers for biking, diving, running and rowing
  • Sports equipment with electric or electronic components
  • Coin slot machines.
8. Medical devices (with the exception of all implanted and infected products)   
  • Radiotherapy equipment
  • Cardiology
  • Dialysis
  • Pulmonary ventilators
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Laboratory equipment for in-vitro diagnosis
  • Analysers
  • Freezers
  • Fertilization tests
  • Other appliances for detecting, preventing, monitoring, treating, alleviating illness, injury or disability. 
9. Monitoring and control instruments    
  • Smoke detector
  • Heating regulators
  • Thermostats
  • Measuring, weighing or adjusting appliances for household or laboratory equipment
  • Other monitoring and control instruments used in industrial installations (for example, in control panels).
10. Automatic dispensers 
  • Automatic dispensers for hot drinks
  • Automatic dispensers for hot or cold bottles or cans
  • Automatic dispensers for solid products
  • Automatic dispensers for money
  • All appliances which deliver automatically all kind of products.



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