October 6, 2014   Posted by: Wouter Vermeersch

Recycling PV Rest of Europe

Probably you often get the question:

“What to do with PV panels after use?”

The European Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive regulates the appropriate treatment of end-of-life products in Europe and requires that manufacturers, importers and distributors of electronic and electrical equipment comply with national waste management obligations, including the related financing and administration. In 2012, PV panels fell under the scope of the WEEE Directive for the first time.

With entry into force on January 1, 2014, the United Kingdom and Bulgaria were the first countries to transpose the new text into national law. The WEEE Directive was scheduled to be transposed into each EU member state by February 14, 2014. However, many countries have still not ratified the new regulations at the national level, and several of those who did, did so with some delay. During 2014 important solar market like France and Italy followed. Although some key PV markets like Germany and Spain have not yet incorporated it into their national laws, WEEE will remain relevant to the PV sector in 2014 and beyond.

You can find WEEE-related information on how this EU regulation may affect your country here. Although your country may not have concluded the process of transposing this directive into national law, WEEE’s overarching principles and obligations still apply.

A lot of manufacturers, importers and distributors are not or insufficiently aware of this legal obligation in Europe. Cleantec Trade insists, for our customers, to strictly follow up the legislation in the different EU member states and to timely fulfill its obligations.