October 6, 2014   Posted by: Wouter Vermeersch

Recycling PV United Kingdom

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.

The United Kingdom was the first European member State to transpose the Directive in national legislation. The new UK WEEE Regulations was placed before Parliament on December, 2013 and came into force on January 1, 2014. All companies who import PV panels in the UK are required to register with a Producer Compliance Scheme with effect from January 1, 2014 and to report import data and take financial responsibility for waste PV panels as they arise

The WEEE Directive was scheduled to be transposed into each EU member state’s 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.

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.