The WEEE Directive, waste, recycling and the responsibility of the producer
The EU Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) was entered into force in 2003 to pinpoint the producer's responsibility for disposal of e-waste (similar to "the polluter pays principle"). The Directive points out that the producer is responsible for that waste is collected, transported, recycled or disposed of - without incurring any cost for the last holder or owner of a product - in a manner that is environmentally acceptable. In practice this means that the producers must take responsibility for the products they place on the market imposing the products to be developed in a more environmentally friendly direction. Secondarily, in cases where the manufacturer is not present in a certain country, the responsibility, somewhat simplified, transfers to the importer of the product into the country of concern. Each EU member state has the responsibility to implement the WEEE Directive on a national level and in most countries it is the National Environmental Protection Agency which is the supervising authority for annual reporting of volumes of waste.
Tele2, Waste and recycling
Effective end-of-life management for both telecom devices and network equipment is important for us - in particular in cases where the legal responsibility is not on another party. Mainly, since we are not a manufacturer, we do normally not have the direct responsibility for collection and disposal of waste unless we are the direct importer of such goods and the manufacturer is not registered in the country of concern. In Tele2, our Environmental Policy is governing our environmental work, including these areas, and the same policy is also used as an attachment to our Business Partner Code of Conduct, which our Business Partners are required to sign for qualifying for doing business with us.
[The above text is not intended for any legal purposes. It is a high level - simplified - description of a quite complex regulation.]