After the entry of the Czech Republic to the EU, a number of European directives and standards have been transposed into our legislative system. These directives and standards permanently affect the activities of many business subjects.

One of them is also European directive No. 2002/96/ES on waste electric and electronic devices (hereinafter as WEEE)
, which is a part of a law amendment and whose basis lies in the transfer of responsibility for products during their whole life cycle, including the obligation to provide for the recycling of such products, to their producers and importers.

The new legislation also enables producers and importers to select the way of fulfilment of this obligation on the basis of an individual solidary or collective system.

The amendment of the act on waste materials does not impose responsibility only on producers and importers but also on natural persons and legal entities entitled for business activities (end users). These are obliged by the new legislation to finance the recycling of used electric devices (marketed prior 13 August 2005) in defined cases * at their own expenses.

* The obligation applies to end users only in cases when electric devices used by them were marketed prior 13 August 2005 and, simultaneously, used electric devices are not replaced by products of the same type and quantity or by products which have the same function.

Legislation relating to the obligation of recycling WEEE:

  • Act No. 185/2001 of the Collection of Laws (hereinafter as Coll.) on waste materials as amended (Act No. 7/2005 Coll.)
  • Directive No. 237/2002 Coll. on details of ways of withdrawal of some products
  • Directive No. 352/2005 Coll. on terms of treatment with electrical devices and electrical waste and more detailed conditions of financing of its disposal.
  • Directive No. 383/2001 Coll. on details of treatment of waste materials