Electrical and electronic equipment are defined as those which need electric currents or electromagnetic fields to operate, for use with a voltage rating not exceeding 1000 V AC and 1500V DC current, and equipment needed for the generation, transmission and measurement of these currents and fields.
At the time that the owner of these items decides to dispose of them, they become Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
The obligation to deal with this waste in a special manner comes from the Royal Decree 208/2005 which sets out the obligations and responsibilities of all parties implicated.
When the WEEE comes from a private residence
- They must be delivered when you get rid of them so that they can be correctly processed. This delivery should be, at the least, without cost to the last owner.
- In the event that the user is acquiring a new product which is equivalent to the one being got rid of, or does a similar job, they can hand it in to the distributor at the time of purchasing the new equipment who must take reception of it temporarily.
- The local authorities must create and manage the Waste Collection Points for the collection of household WEEEs.
When the WEEE does not comes from a private residence
- The producer will be responsible for its processing.
- The producers set up systems for the separate collection of non-household waste electrical and electronic equipment which is transported to authorized treatment centres.
- Through voluntary agreements, local authorities or groups may receive waste electrical and electronic equipment from private households, at no cost to them. Their reception will be carried out in a manner distinct from other municipal waste and in the manner established by the relevant municipal ordinances.