Putting on the market and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment in the EU (WEEE) and Germany (“Elektrogesetz”).



The European WEEE Directive

The EU Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) governs the putting on the market, the return, and the recycling of EEE products. What was originally planned as an approach to resolve the European eWaste problem, has developed into a test of the harmonization of the European Single Market.

In 2012, Council and Parliament voted for the recast of the WEEE Directive. Step by step, WEEE 2 will come into force after sometimes long transitional periods. One of the most important changes to the old legislation is the “open scope” that will cover any equipment using, producing, or measuring electrical power, independent of whether or not the product is part of one of the currently 10 categories.

The German “Elektrogesetz” (ElektroG)

The Elektrogesetz transposes WEEE into national German law, by defining rules for the putting on the market of new EEE as well as the take-back and the recycling. Compared to the respective solution in other European countries, the implementation of the Elektrogesetz is rather complex and buerocratic.