EARN – Glossary explain the details

The following glossary aims to clarify and illustrate the understanding and use of selected terms in the fields of WEEE compliance:

Packaging Directive

The EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/62/EC with national implementations in all EU Member States defines obligations for manufacturers/distributors. »read more


‘Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment’ or ‘WEEE’ means electrical or electronic equipment which is waste as per Article 3(1) of Directive 2008/98/EC »read more

WEEE recycling and disposal

WEEE recycling is complex due to the mixture of materials and components. If not properly managed, hazardous substances can cause environmental and health problems. »read more

Battery Directive

Companies that place batteries or accumulators in a EU Member State have obligations arising from Battery Directive 2006/66/EC with its implementation into national law. »read more

WEEE Directive

The recast of the WEEE Directive has led to the new WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU and changes to the national implementations of the old WEEE Directive defining the producer obligations in each EU Member State. »read more

WEEE regulations

The WEEE directive 2012/19/EC has been implemented into 28 different national EU Member State regulations, defining the producer obligations in each country. »read more

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