WEEE, e-waste, battery and packaging legislation

Extended Producer Responsibility Legislation (EPR)

The European Union, the USA and Canada have implemented product legislation to minimize the environmental impact  when placing goods on the market.  Various Directives and regulations serve to reduce waste, minimize harmful substances and improve materials recycling and reuse.


European Directives


  • WEEE

    Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (2012/19/EU).

    Requires producers to register in each country where they have obligations. It also requires them to report products placed on market as well as finance the collection and recycling or reuse of these goods at product end of life.


    The Battery Directive (2006/66/EC) amended by (2013/56/EU)

    Requires end of life batteries to be recycled. Also prohibits or limits certain harmful substances in batteries and accumulators.  Producers must register and finance the treatment of batteries placed on the market where they have legal obligations.


    The Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (94/62/EC)

    Prohibits certain harmful substances in packaging.  Requires producer financing of recycling and reuse of packaging materials.

North American Environmental Legislation and Regulation



    Environment Canada is the regulatory authority in Canada for e-waste (general Info). This was achieved through the passage of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA 1999).

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