|Export of Used Electricals and Electronic Equipment
The full responsibilities and requirements for shippers is set out in a Government regulations ‘The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013’.
Electronics and Electrical Equipment (EEE) becomes Waste Electronics and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) if its holder discards it or intends to do so. The Environment Agency (EA) would judge this on a case by case basis.
WEEE includes most products that have a plug or need a battery. There are ten broad categories of WEEE currently outlined within the Regulations (Schedules 1 and 2), namely:
-Large household appliances e.g. fridges, cookers, microwaves, washing machines and dishwashers.
-Small household appliances e.g. vacuum cleaners, irons, toasters and clocks.
-IT and telecommunications equipment – e.g. personal computers, copying equipment, telephones and pocket calculators.
-Consumer equipment e.g. radios, televisions, hi-fi equipment, camcorders ad musical instruments.
-Lighting equipment e.g. straight and compact fluorescent tubes and high intensity discharge lamps.
-Electrical and electronic tools – e.g. drills, saws and sewing machines, electric lawnmowers.
-Toys, leisure and sports equipment e.g. electric trains, games consoles and running machines. ·
-Monitoring and control equipment e.g. smoke detectors, thermostats and heating regulators.
-Automatic dispensers e.g. hot drinks dispensers and money dispensers.
The following conditions are set out in the directive for shipping used electronics (Regulation 54); ·
-PAT / Functionality testing certificates from a certified electrician. A sticker should be on each item and a list of each item and the result of testing. ·
-A copy of the Certificate and packing list taped to the inside of the container door (Right Hand Side)
-Packaging – Insufficient packaging which looks as though may cause damage to goods in transit is an indication that the items are waste. At least, will lead enforcement agencies to make further enquiries. ·
-If electrical items are new and boxed, a copy of the receipt should be also taped to the inside container door.
This directive (articles 24&25) also states that any costs when a shipment is found to be container illegal WEEE with be for the responsibility of the shipper.
As per the Gov.uk website, If you fail to comply with the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) regulations, you can be prosecuted and fined up to £5,000 at a magistrates course, or get an unlimited fine from a Crown Court.
For further information, please see the Health and Safety Executive website; http://www.hse.gov.uk/waste/waste-electrical.htm Alternatively, please feel free to call us on +44 (0) 1274580049 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org