Statutory regulations

EU Directive WEEE

EU Directive 2002/96/EC WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) came into force on February 13, 2003. The main objective of this directive is to avoid waste from old electrical and electronic equipment and above all to promote the reuse, recycling and other forms of recovering such waste in order to reduce the amount of waste as well as safeguard resources, in particular by reusing and recycling them.

WEEE: Recycling Symbol

As of August 13, 2005, the directive needed to be transposed into national law in all EU member states. Since the national regulations came into force, all manufacturers and importers of electronic equipment in the EU member states have been obliged to take back certain products and to ensure that they are processed, reused or recycled. All manufacturers, importers and initial distributors of electrical and electronic equipment, which also includes specific lamps and luminaires, are obliged to be registered on a national level.

All electrical and electronic equipment circulated since the relevant regulations came into force have to be clearly recognizable by labeling the equipment with a symbol showing a crossed-out garbage can.

The member states produce a registry of manufacturers and collect data on the amount and categories of electrical and electronic equipment which are circulated, collected, reused and recycled on their markets each year. In addition, the member states have to produce a status report every three years. National checks will confirm that this has been carried out correctly by each member state.

A revised version of the directive was published in July 2012 and is currently being implemented in the member states of the EU. The key content and objectives have not changed.

Rest of the world

Thanks to the WEEE Directive, the EU and the countries of the European Union are considered pioneers in the collection and recycling of old electrical equipment. However, similar proposals are currently being developed or have already been implemented across the world. OSRAM is actively involved in many countries in applying the experiences gained in the European environment. As in Europe, its involvement is organized in cooperation with other manufacturers to meet the needs of consumers and the requirements of collection and recycling.

For emerging and developing countries the use of efficient lighting technologies is an important contribution to safeguarding national energy supplies. As part of the UNEP project en.lighten, OSRAM supports these countries with its expertise in lighting technologies and its experience from existing disposal and recycling systems. Representatives from authorities, ministries and non-governmental organizations can benefit from these experiences at Ambilamp, the Spanish CRSO. The necessary knowledge is conveyed at the Ambilamp Recycling University.

The initiative en.lighten

The UNEP en.lighten initiative - a partnership between UNEP, Philips Lighting and OSRAM - addresses the challenge of accelerating global market transformation to environmentally sustainable lighting technologies.

Disposal of waste batteries and chargers

Waste batteries and chargers (together ”Waste Batteries“) must not be disposed of in general household waste. Consumers as end-users are under a statutory duty to return Waste Batteries. 

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