WEEE Encyclopedia

Approved Authorised Treatment Facility (AATF)
An authorised treatment facility (ATF) that is approved by the appropriate authority under the Regulations to issue Evidence Notes for WEEE treated within the UK.

Approved Exporter
An exporter who is approved by the the appropriate authority under the Regulations to issue Evidence Notes for WEEE that is exported out of the UK for treatment, recovery and recycling.

Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF)
An authorised treatment facility (ATF) is a facility that treats WEEE in accordance with the requirements of the Annex to the WEEE Directive. ATFs are authorised under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Waste Management Licensing) (England and Wales) Regulations 2006. All WEEE deposited at DCFs and business WEEE collected by B2B producers, must be delivered to an ATF for treatment.

Business-to-Business (B2B)
Business-to-Business (B2B) is the common term used for quantities of EEE for which the end-user is a business rather than a consumer, or for WEEE arising from businesses. In the Regulations, B2B WEEE is referred to as ‘WEEE from users other than Private Households’.

Business-to-Consumer (B2C)
Business-to-Consumer (B2C) is the common term used for supplies of EEE for which the end-user is a member of the public. In the Regulations, B2C WEEE is called ‘WEEE from Private Households (WPH)’.

CA Sites
Civic Amenity Sites (council tip).

CRT stands for Cathode Ray Tube. These tubes are used in many different types of electronics including televisions. CRTs are classed as a WEEE material and should be handled accordingly.

Compliance Scheme – All producers and retailers of WEEE should be joined to a WEEE compliance scheme.

Designated Collection Facility (DCF)
Designated Collection Facilities (DCFs) are sites dedicated to the collection of WEEE from private households for onward clearance by, or on behalf of, producers or compliance schemes. DCFs may be established at local authority civic amenity sites or waste transfer stations, or by distributors, producers, third parties or charitable and social enterprise organisations engaged in the re-use of EEE.

Declaration of Compliance
The Declaration of Compliance (DoC) is a certificate submitted to the appropriate authority by compliance schemes or, in certain circumstances, producers declaring that the scheme/producer has or has not met its obligations under the WEEE Regulations.

Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – This is the Government department that deals with WEEE. The Defra website has a wide range of information relating to the WEEE regulations.

Department of Trade and Industry.

Distributor TakeBack Scheme – Retailers of electrical and electronic equipment are required by law to offer customers buying a new electrical product a free method of recycling a similar unwanted item – see www.weeecollect.com

Environment Agency

Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Environment and Heritage Service (Northern Ireland Environmental Agency)

Industry Council for Electrical Equipment Recycling

Large Household Appliances – This includes fridges, freezers, cookers, microwaves, radiators, washing machines, air conditioning units etc

Restriction of Hazardous Substances – Working in partnership with the policy lead at the new Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), NMO is the UK Enforcement Authority for the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2008 (the “RoHS Regulations”).

Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

Small Household Appliances

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Compliance Quote