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WEEE legislation

Producers’ responsibility

The legislation starts from the principle that responsibility is to be borne by Producers, where, pursuant to Legislative Decree 49/2014, Producers of EEE means anybody that, regardless of the sales technique used: 

  • manufactures and sells electrical and electronic equipment bearing his trademark;
  • resells under his own trademark equipment produced by other suppliers;
  • imports or places for the first time on a professional basis electrical and electronic equipment on the national market and sells it.

EU Directives

The management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is regulated at European level by Directive 2012/19/EU which has the aim to provide Member States with guidelines for the implementation of a WEEE management system having the following primary purposes:

  • prevent the generation of WEEE
  • promote the reuse, recycling and recovery of WEEE
  • improve, from an environmental perspective, the environmental performance of all operators involved in the life cycle of such equipment
  • reduce the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.


The WEEE Decree

The functioning of the WEEE management system in Italy is defined on the basis of EU directives, of Legislative Decree No. 49 of 14 March 2014 and related Ministerial Decrees, which govern various implementation aspects.


Below we provide a list the most recent implementation decrees:

 

Ministerial Decree No. 235 of 13 December 2017 - Standard bylaws of consortia

The Ministerial Decree ‘Regulation on the approval of standard bylaws of consortia for the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)’ defines the basic rules of WEEE consortia, which must adapt their own bylaws to such provisions and submit them for approval to the Ministry of Environment.

 

Ministerial Decree No. 68 of 9 March 2017 - Decree on financial guarantees

The Decree on financial guarantees governs the method by which Producers of EEE must provide financial guarantees in the case of WEEE from private households. Non-household WEEE is not subject to this provision, as its proper disposal is guaranteed by the Producer’s participation in a collective (or individual) scheme.

 

Ministerial Decree of 17 June 2016 - Eco-fees Decree

The Ministerial Decree establishes the fee rates for covering the costs deriving from the system for the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment and the payment methods for covering the operating costs of the Supervisory and Control Committee, the WEEE Management Committee, and for the monitoring of the collection rates and recovery targets of WEEE by ISPRA, the keeping of the WEEE Register and the inspections activities by the Guardia di Finanza (Financial Police).

 
Ministerial Decree No. 121 of 31 May 2016 - ‘One for zero’ Decree

The Ministerial Decree No. 121 provides the indications to retailers for operating the free one for zero take-back system. The Decree, in accordance with the provisions of Legislative Decree 49/2014, regulates the simplified procedures for retailers to take-back very small WEEE from private households, free of charge and no obligation to buy an EEE of equivalent type.

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