The purpose of this Directive is firstly the prevention of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), whilst also promoting the reuse, recycling and recovery of such wastes so as to reduce the disposal in landfill. It also seeks to improve the environmental performance of all products through the improvement in the life cycle of electrical and electronic equipment.

Measures are being taken to tackle this fast increasing waste stream. Increased recycling of electrical and electronic equipment will limit the total quantity of waste going to final disposal. They require 'producers' and 'distributors' to finance the collection, treatment and recycling or reuse of this fast-growing and problematic waste stream.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive (2002/96/EC), as transposed by LN 63 of 2007, implements the producer responsibility principle for waste electrical and electronic equipment. This legal notice covers all electrical and electronic equipment put on the market in Malta.

You have a WEEE obligation if any of the following points apply to you:

  • Manufactures and sells electrical and electronic equipment under your own brand.
  • Resells under your own brand equipment produced by other suppliers.
  • Imports electrical and electronic equipment on a professional basis into Malta.