Within the scope of the directive are equipment which, to operate correctly, need electrical current or an electromagnetic field or which are intended for generating, transferring or measuring such current or field and which are designed for use at a maximum voltage of 1,000 V in alternating current or at a maximum voltage of 1,500 V in direct current. Appendix 1 to the Government Decree 852/2004 (in Finnish | pdf 89 kb) shows an example list of equipment belonging within the scope of the directive.
All member businesses of the group producing consumer products to the Finnish market must fill in the consumer product reports. If your company, during a reporting period, has not produced consumer products to the market, the report must be filled in with zero figures.
The consumer product reports, to be filled in for every quarter, are filled in the electronic reporting system at Elker Ltd's web site. A link to the system can be found on the Reporting page.
You will receive an e-mail confirmation about a report successfully delivered to Elker Ltd. It is recommendable to check these confirmation e-mails to see that the confirmation applies to the period covered by the reminder. From the report menu of the reporting system you can check reports filled in by you. If it appears that you have filled in all reports appropriately, kindly contact Elker to check whether your reports have arrived to their destination.
The members of SELT Association and ICT Producer Co-operative fill in the consumer product reports every three months. The reports are to be filled in by the last day of the month following the reporting period. The report of the last quarter of the year must be filled in by the 15th of January next year. The members of FLIP Association report their equipment through a separate system once a month.
The consumer product reports are to include only products which are put on to and manufactured for the Finnish market. The recycling fee is country-specific and the principle is that the recycling fee is paid in the country of the recycling system where the product is returned when it is discarded.
If a company has exported products of a member company of Elker Group's producer organisation, products that the member company in question has reported to the producer organisation of the Elker Group in its consumer product reports, the company that has exported the products is entitled to apply for export compensation from the producer organisation. Export compensation can only be applied for consumer products. For the producer organisations of the Elker Group the export compensation is a voluntary system and the processing costs of the export compensation are deducted from the applied amount of export compensation. It is therefore not viable to apply for export compensation for small exported amounts. Export compensation is applied from the producer organisation whose products have been exported (SELT: WEEE 1, 2, 5 Lighting equipment, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, ICT: 3 and 4, FLIP: 5 Lamps). Producer organisations have different practices with regard to the export compensation, so more detailed information should be checked at each producer organisation's site: SELT Association, ICT Producer Co-operative, FLIP Association.
Producer liability entered into force in Åland on 1 January 2007. As from that date the consumer products exported to Åland are to be reported to the producer organisation and recycling fees are to be paid for the products. Products exported to Åland are to be included in the quarterly filled-in consumer product reports (Åland and continental Finland in the same report).
Yes. The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Pirkanmaa only charges the reporting fee from the reporting businesses, pursuant to the Decree on Criteria for Charges Payable to the State, so no recycling fees have been paid as year for the consumer products in question.