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WEEE regulations explained

Electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) is regulated to reduce the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) incinerated or sent to landfill sites. Reduction is achieved through various measures which encourage the recovery, reuse and recycling of products and components. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013 is the underpinning UK legislation.

Who is responsible for WEEE compliance?

Businesses that:

  • manufacture and sell EEE under their own brand in the UK
  • resell equipment made by someone else under their own brand (if the maker’s brand appears on the equipment, it is the producer)
  • import EEE on a commercial basis into the UK
  • are established outside of the UK and supply EEE directly to the UK market by distance selling (for example online, mail order, by phone)

How do I comply?

You don’t have to!

As a Distributor, Varlink has the responsibility of complying with the WEEE regulations.

Our obligations are:

  • to join a producer compliance scheme (PCS) that takes on the obligations to finance the collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of household WEEE collected in the UK
  • ensure a ‘crossed out wheelie bin’ symbol is displayed on relevant products as per the BSI EN50419 standard (which includes additional info including positioning, visibility, dimensions, location and referenced documents)
  • complete a mandatory WEEE return to the Environment Agency

Let Varlink take the hassle out of hardware importation for you and your business

Varlink are a specialist importer of hardware and we can offer you:

  • High quality hardware from leading manufacturers
  • Demo equipment
  • UK-based technical support
  • A named Account Manager
  • All importation and legislation covered

For more information call a member of our Sales Team on 01904 717180 or alternatively you can email

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