EEE Producer Responsibility

In Italy, European Directive 2012/19/EU has been implemented by Legislative Decree No. 49/2014 for EEE. It is based on the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) principle which reduces negative environmental impacts resulting from the design and production of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

The legislation’s purposes concern and establish:

  • an obligation for producers and distributors to finance a system for the recovery and recycling of products placed on the market (“extended producer responsibility” principle);
  • measures aimed primarily at preventing the production of WEEE and their reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery to reduce the disposed waste volume.

The previous 27 January 2003 Directive 2002/96/EC of the European Parliament and Council on WEEE was implemented with Legislative Decree No. 151/05, which was replaced by the 14 March 2014 Legislative Decree No. 49.

Open Scope: Legislative Decree No. 49/2014, starting from 15 August 2018, has provided for an extension of the WEEE legislation which requires producers, importers and those who sell EEE under their own brand to organise and finance the waste (WEEE) collection and recovery system deriving from products placed on the market.

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Practical support for EEE producers

Consorzio ERP Italia, a non-profit consortium, among other WEEE Consortia, supports member companies at every stage of the WEEE collection and treatment process, simplifying the whole procedure and pursuing regulatory compliance.

Our solutions allow producers to comply with the WEEE legislation effectively and in full compliance with current regulations.

Thanks to our team of experts and a network of authorised and qualified operators who carry out waste transportation and treatment activities throughout the country, we can provide a high-quality standard reaching a punctuality of service performance exceeding 99 percent, compared to a minimum required “maximum service time” of 97%.

  • Our Services:

    Registration to the National Registers of Producers/Importers

  • Analysis of EEE legislative obligations




  • Regulations and other applicable laws on WEEE compliance services

  • Operational consulting and training

EEE producer obligations

EEE producers under Legislative Decree No. 49/14 must:

  • comply with WEEE legislation;
  • organise and finance WEEE collection, treatment and recycling;
  • register with the National Register of EEE producers;
  • annually notify the National Register of the quantities and categories of EEE placed on the market in the previous year, as well as those collected, reused, recycled and recovered;
  • insert adequate information regarding proper WEEE disposal within the instructions for the use of EEE detailing the environmental and health impact, and the penalties for any illegal disposal.

Producers, or third parties acting on their behalf (who must also comply with the regulations) may choose to fulfil the obligations imposed by joining one of the National Compliance schemes, WEEE Consortia.

WEEE regulations are complex. The continuous evolution of policies involves the sometimes yearly modification of the rules, making it difficult to calculate the eco-contribution that supports the collection funding.

For companies that export their products or distribute in other European countries, these difficulties multiply.

ERP ITALIA supports producers with legal management and compliance with WEEE regulations.


EEE Distributor obligations

Under Legislative Decree No. 49/2014:

The Distributor is “natural or legal person registered in the Register of Companies pursuant to law December 29, 1993, no. 580, and subsequent amendments, which, operating in the supply chain, makes an EEE available on the market“.

The retail Distributor is: “natural or legal person as defined in letter h), which makes an EEE available to the end user“.

EEE Distributors must:

  • Register on the Albo Nazionale dei Gestori Ambientali in the 3bis category;
  • Display, within your own exercise (collection point) or on the website, a suitable poster that informs public about the possibility of giving these products free of charge;
  • Dealing with the preliminary deposit of WEEE and the transport of the same, except in the case in which the transport is entrusted to third parties;
  • Report the amount of waste managed to the WEEE Coordination Centre;
  • Respect the temporal and traceability obligations;
  • Contribute to the achievement of the WEEE separate waste collection targets as established by Legislative Decree 49/2014.

ERP Italia provides distributors with all the necessary support to manage all the activities necessary for the correct collection for recycling of EEE at points of sale.


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