The amount of WEEE generated in the Community is growing rapidly. The content of hazardous components in electrical equipment (EEE) is a major concern for environmental management.
The aim of the legislation on waste electrical and electronic equipment is to address and minimise the environmental impacts of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) when it reaches the end of its life. Gibraltar set up systems to facilitate and encourage its separate collection, subsequent treatment, re-use, recycling and ultimately environmentally sound disposal of WEEE.
Businesses dealing in electrical and electronic equipment have to assist in the collection of WEEE by providing a free take back service to enable purchasers to return their WEEE, when making a like for like purchase of new equipment. This means, for example, that when you purchase a DVD player you could return a record player. Businesses must accept if even if it is a different type or brand to those sold by them and even if the product was purchased elsewhere.
The WEEE Directive has been transposed into local law through the Environment (Waste) Regulations 2007 (WEEE Regulations). All electrical and electronic equipment used by consumers and electrical and electronic equipment intended for professional use are caught by the provisions of the WEEE Regulations.
The ten categories of WEEE are:
1. Large household appliances
2. Small household appliances
3.IT and telecommunications equipment
5. Light equipment
6. Electrical and electronic tools
7.Toys, leisure and sports equipment
9.Monitoring and control equipment
For the full list see guidance documents below.
The WEEE Regulations encompass all electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) in the above categories with a voltage of up to 1000 volts AC or up to 1500 volts DC.
If you wish to dispose of goods yourself, Government has provided various WEEE bins distributed throughout Gibraltar to provide ease of access to the local community for the recycling of small WEEE items.
In addition, the Government has also set up a facility for the collection and sorting of all WEEE including large boilers, washing machines, etc. The facility allows the general public to dispose of their household WEEE at our Civic Amenities site. Traders can dispose of all WEEE items at the EcoPark on Flint Road.
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A copy of the WEEE Regulations 2007 can be viewed at: http://www.gibraltarlaws.gov.gi/articles/2007s125.pdf
Further details on how the WEEE Regulations affect you is found on:
Environmental guidance on what the WEEE Regulations mean to you
EEE declaration form for importation