BUILDING KNOWLEDGE FOR WEEE AND BATTERIES BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
Directives 2002/96/EC and 2003/108/EC on Waste from Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) were transposed to Spain’s legislation by Royal Decree 208/2005 and it was published on February 26, 2005. This rule establishes the obligations and liabilities of producers of electric and electronic equipment (EEE) and management and recycling of this type of waste.
Under Spanish legislation, a producer of EEE can be:
- Any person or company who manufactures and sells EEE with their own trademarks;
- Any person or company who resells, with their own trademarks, EEE manufactured by third parties; and
- The distributor will not be considered producer of EEE, if the trademark of equipment is registered in National Register for Producers of EEE.
Spain’s Ministry of Industry finalized the development of the EEE Producer Registry by the end of 2005 and it started operations on January 2, 2006.
Producers of EEE should convey to National Register for Producers of EEE data of EEE put on Spanish market on a quarterly basis.
Directive 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators and repealing Directive 91/157/EEC was transposed to Spain’s legislation by Royal Decree 106/2008 and it was published on February 12, 2008. This rule establishes the obligations and liabilities of producers of accumulators and batteries and management of this type of waste, in force as of September 26, 2008.
Under Spanish legislation, a producer of accumulators and batteries can be:
- Any person or company who put on Spanish market accumulators or batteries, including accumulators and batteries incorporated into equipment or vehicles on a basis of a professional activity;
- An importer of accumulators or batteries into the Spanish market; and
- A distributor that sells accumulators or batteries with its own brand.