What is the WEEE Directive?
According to the DTO’s Sustainable Development Directorate, The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (“the WEEE Regulations”) implement provisions of the European Parliament and Council Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (2002/96/EC) (“the WEEE Directive”); with the exception of those covering the treatment of separately collected WEEE. The permitting of treatment operations and the treatment requirements are being implemented by separate permitting Regulations and by the technical guidance from the environment Agencies for treating WEEE.
The WEEE Directive aims to prevent WEEE arising, to encourage reuse, recycling and recovery of WEEE and to improve the environmental performance of all operators involved in the lifecycle of electrical and electronic equipment, especially those dealing with WEEE. The Directive sets requirements relating to criteria for the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of WEEE. It makes producers responsible for financing most of these activities; retailers/distributors also have responsibilities in terms of the take-back of WEEE and the provision of certain information. Private householders are to be able to return complete WEEE without charge.
When did WEEE come into affect?
The Regulations will come into force on 2004. Their main requirements and obligations come into effect from 13 August 2005 onwards. However, some specific actions, e.g. producer registration and reporting of data on equipment placed on the market, will be from January 2005 onwards.
What is VIAVI Solutions’ responsibility to its Customers with respect to the WEEE Directive?
According to the WEEE directive, it states ”producers supplying new equipment to business users after 13 August 2005 will need to finance the treatment, recovery and disposal of the waste arising from this equipment unless they make alternative arrangements with the business users. Those producers who have supplied equipment to business users prior to 13 August 2005 have this responsibility for this equipment if it is discarded when they supply new replacement like for like equipment; if there is no replacement purchase, the business user is responsible for financing the treatment and recovery of the equipment purchased prior to 13 August 2005; and whichever party takes responsibility will need to report evidence of its collection, treatment and recovery according to the Directive’s recovery and recycling/reuse targets.”
How is VIAVI Solutions meeting the WEEE Directive?
VIAVI Solutions will finance the treatment, recovery, and disposal of the waste arising from hardware equipment developed by VIAVI Solutions and sold to customers in all member states unless VIAVI Solutions has made alternative arrangements with business users. For customers that have purchased VIAVI Solutions products prior to 13 August 2005, VIAVI Solutions will discard this equipment when the customer purchases new replacement like for like equipment.
During this initial compliance period (13 August 2005 to 31 December 2006), VIAVI Solutions will review its internal and customer policies to meet WEEE Directives where applicable. VIAVI Solutions will work with member states according to WEEE legislation requirements. Additionally, VIAVI Solutions will mark all hardware systems with the WEEE Directive “crossed out wheeled bin” symbol.
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