WEEE - Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipments
GE takes care of collection and recycling of end of life LED, CFL, HID, LFL lamps and luminaries to protect environment in accordance with the WEEE Directive.
- About the WEEE Symbol
- Producer responsibility
- Covered products – European directive
- End-of-life cost
- CRSO - collection and recycling organizations
The best evidence of our commitment to green solutions is that:
- We give priority to informing consumers about the energy efficiency of our products, so the packaging of lamps indicates clearly visible markings on their energy use and their impact on the environment,
- We closely co-operate with local governments and waste collection companies (CRSOs) to manage the collection of used light sources which counts as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
- We adhere to the strict environmental standards of the European Union's RoHS and REACH programs. In addition to meeting the statutory requirements we strive continuously to reduce the mercury content of products and minimize the emission of environmentally harmful substances
That policy is based on the precautionary principle and principles that preventive action should be taken, that the environmental damage should as a priority be rectified at source and that the polluter should pay. For more information, check the official directive (2012/19/EU) of the European Parliament and Council on WEEE.
- WEEE cannot be disposed of as unsorted municipal waste, their collection must be done separately
- Return and collection systems in Europe are organized by collection and recycling organizations -CRSOs
- Household users can dispose of their WEEE free of charge at the appropriate collection points
- The potential effects on the environment and human health as a result of the presence of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment
- All products put on the market after Aug 13th 2005, falling under the legislation are marked with a crossed out wheelie bin. This informs the end-user that the waste of the product at the end of life stage must be collected separately. Legislation also requires clear date identification. It can be made by a separate date code printed on the product or to simply indicate that the product was manufactured and placed on the market after Aug 13th 2005, a black bar put under the crossed wheelie bin logo.
About the WEEE Symbol
The WEEE symbol was adopted by the European Council to represent waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) comprised a crossed out wheelie bin with or without a single black line underneath the symbol. The black line indicates that goods have been placed on the market after 2005, when the first Directive (2002/96/EC) came into force. Goods without the black line were manufactured between 2002 and 2005. In such instances, these are treated as "historic WEEE".
The WEEE logo is intended to show that the equipment should not be disposed of in the normal waste stream.
The logo is defined in detail in the European Standard EN 50419.
- produces and sells products under his brand name;
- resells under his own brand products produced by another supplier (private labels) unless the brand of the producer appears on the equipment;
- imports or exports on professional basis into a member state.
Covered products – European directive
The affected products are the following:
- Small household appliances
- Large household appliances
- IT and telecommunication equipment
- Electronic entertainment equipment
Lamps (excluding incandescent and halogen light bulbs)
Luminaries (excluding household)
- Electrical and electronic tools
- Toys and sports equipment
- Mechanical appliances
- Surveillance and control instruments
- Automatic distribution equipment
- Organisational cost of take-back system
- Consolidation for Collection Points
- Registration / volume calculation
- Reporting to government
- Collection and Transport
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CRSO - collection and recycling organizations
|Member State||WEEE company (C(R)SO)||Company Website|
|Austria||UFH Elektroaltgeräte Systembetreiber GmbH||http://www.ufh.at/|
|Belgium||Recupel Lightrec VZW||http://www.recupel.be/|
|Czech Republic||Ekolamp s.r.o.||http://www.ekolamp.cz/|
|Denmark||Lyskildebranchens WEEE Forening||http://www.lwf.nu/|
|France||Société par Actions Simplifiée "Récylum"||http://www.recylum.com/|
|Germany||EAR (German National Register)||http://www.stiftung-ear.de/|
|Germany||Lightcycle Retourlogistik und Service GmbH||http://www.lightcycle.de/|
|Hungary||Electro Coord Magyarorszag Kft||http://www.electro-coord.hu/|
|Estonia||Ekogaisma Eesti OÜ||http://www.ekogaisma.ee/|
|Sweden||El-kretsen i Sverige AB||http://www.el-kretsen.se/|
|Switzerland||Stiftung Light RecyclingSchweiz||http://www.slrs.ch/|