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What is the WEEE Directive?

The WEEE stands for waste electrical and electronic equipment, and the WEEE Directive is a law designed to address the environmental impacts of waste products. Electrical and electronic equipment covers almost everything with a plug or a battery and is a European Community directive. The directive was introduced into European law in February 2003 and then brought to the UK in January 2007.

Here at Craddock Metal Recycling Limited, we deal with WEEE products regularly, so we guide you through the basics of the WEEE directive in our latest blog post below.

Producer Responsibility Directive

The WEEE Directive is a ‘producer responsibility’ directive, which means the producers of products are accountable for the environmental impact of the products they send to market when they eventually become waste.


The objective of the WEEE directive is to promote recycling, minimise waste, and encourage the development of more environmentally friendly products in the future.


The symbol, which is a bin crossed out, shows consumers that they should recycle this product rather than throw away.

Consumer’s Responsibility

While the WEEE directive is designed to enforce producers to contribute to the responsible disposal, there is also a responsibility for consumers to recycle and responsibly dispose of their waste electrical and electronic products.

The directive does, however, state that ‘consumers will be able to return their equipment free of charge for recycling’, which means the producer still maintains the bulk of the responsibility.


Defra is responsible for WEEE regulations in the UK, in partnership with other administrations, and also permits the authorised treatment facilities that can dispose of WEEE.

To Reduce Environmental Impact

In essence, the WEEE directive was put in place to create legislation that ensures electrical and electronic waste products are dealt with responsibly to reduce the impact they have on the environment.

Craddock Metal Recycling Limited

To properly dispose of WEEE, you should use an authorised treatment facility (ATF). Craddock Metal Recycling Limited is an ATF in Staffordshire, and we are one of the longest-running so you know we have a wealth of experience to deal with waste responsibly.

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