The current legislation requires professional EEE Producer to organise and finance the collection of WEEE when the end user request it in having decided to dispose of it.
The Producer’s responsibility for the end-of-life of professional EEE must be distinguished as follows:
- for historical professional WEEE, i.e. deriving from EEE placed on the market up to 31 December 2010, the responsibility lies with the Producer only in the case of supply of a new EEE to replace an equivalent one; If the Producer does not supply the new EEE, the disposal costs must be borne by its holder;
- for new professional WEEE, i.e. deriving from EEE placed on the market from 1 January 2011, the responsibility for the EEE it has placed on the market lies with the Producer who will be required to ensure its management. This also applies if the Producer does not supply a new EEE.
In so far as applicable, Producers organise and manage differentiated collection systems of professional WEEE and bear the related costs, according to the principle of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).
The EEE Producer can choose whether to join a collective system or set up an individual system.
In fact, the law provides for the possibility of companies to create a so-called ‘individual system’. This means that each Producer can organise itself in order to be able to provide certain guarantees, including the independent collection of WEEE. From a practical point of view, the Producer must draw up a precise plan for the collection of this WEEE throughout the national territory and obtain the approval of the Ministry of the Environment, which shall examine whether the Producer’s plan is valid or not.
Collective systems, on the other hand, are specifically set up for providing concrete answers to companies that must meet this requirement: they have a precise collection plan, special agreements, certifications, approvals and authorisations and are present throughout Italy. And not just that. By managing the WEEE collection for a large number of Producers, bigger collective systems are able to achieve economies of scale that make the process advantageous also from an economic point of view.
The reputation on the market of the organisation to which rely on is also of fundamental importance, as the responsibility for the inadequate recycling and poor management of the waste always falls also on the company that produced it and its directors.