Legal Definitions

Legal Term


Appropriate Authority

In England and Wales, the Environment Agency; in Scotland, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency; in Wales, Natural Resource Wales; and, in Northern Ireland, the Department of the Environment (see Links for the respective websites).

Categories of EEE

For the purposes of the Regulations, EEE is categorised into 14 different groupings. Click here for the full list.

Compliance Period

1 January to 31 December inclusive – i.e. the calender year.

Compliance Fee

The fee that can be paid by a PCS in lieu of collecting the amount of WEEE necessary to meet its category targets.

The Directive

Directive 2012/190/EU of 4 July 2012 on waste electrical and electronic equipment.


Any person who provides electrical or electronic equipment on a commercial basis to the party who is going to use it is a distributor for the purposes of the WEEE Regulations, regardless of whether that person is providing goods to a consumer (i.e. an individual) or an end-user (i.e. a business). Distributors include retailers, distance sellers and producers who also sell to the end-user or consumer.

Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE)

Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) is defined in the Regulations as ‘equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly and equipment for the generation, transfer and measurement of such currents and fields falling under the categories set out in Schedule 1 [to the regulations] and designed for use with a voltage rating not exceeding 1,000 volts for alternating current and 1,500 volts for direct current’. EEE does not include equipment designed specifically to protect UK national security or for a military purpose, or equipment that is part of another type of equipment that is outside the scope of the Regulations (e.g. an aircraft or car).


A producer is defined as any person who, irrespective of the selling technique used, including by means of distance communication:-

(a)is established in a Member State and manufactures EEE under his own name or trademark, or has EEE designed or manufactured and markets it under his own name or trademark within the territory of that Member State;

b)is established in a Member State and resells within the territory of that Member State, under his own name or trademark, equipment produced by other suppliers, a reseller not being regarded as the “producer” if the brand of the producer appears on the equipment, as provided for in sub-paragraph (a);

(c)is established in a Member State and places on the market of that Member State, on a professional basis, EEE from a third country or from another Member State; or

(d)sells EEE by means of distance communication directly to private households or to users other than private households in a Member State, and is established in another Member State or in a third country.

The Regulations

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013 (S.I. 2013/3113)

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

WEEE is electrical or electronic equipment which is waste within the meaning of the Waste Framework Directive including all components, subassemblies and consumables which are part of the product at the time of discarding. ‘Waste’ is defined in the Directive as any substance or object which the holder discards or intends or is required to discard.

WEEE from Private Households (WPH)

WEEE from Private Households (WPH) is WEEE which comes from private households and from commercial, industrial, institutional and other sources which, because of its nature and quantity, is similar to that from private households.

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