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Taking care of producer responsibility in Europe

The obligation to appoint an authorized representative is statutory in several EU countries. A producer who is doing EU distance selling to another EU country, must appoint an authorized representative in that country, to carry out the producer responsibility obligations. An authorised representative fullfills those obligations on behalf of the producer, in accordance with the local law.

EU-distance selling means selling electric and electronic equipment straight to the end user to another EU country. The end user can be a business or a person who is buying the product for its own use and doesn´t resale. Authorized representative is not a part of the sales chain. It can be a local producer compliance organization or a service company who is organizing the collection and recycling of waste electric and electronic equipment. The producer reports the amount of electric and electronic equipment they have put on market to the authorized representative which reports the numbers to the local authorities. The authorities reports to the European Commission.

Elker is part of the European cooperation network WEEE Europe AG, whose members are the best experts in the legislation and practice of each country. Like Elker, the partners are non-profit organizations. You can register as a producer in different countries and thus report centrally on a one-stop-shop basis.

Prices and contacts: info (a) weee-europe.com

WEEE Europe AG members and partners:

Austria UFH
Belgium batteries Bebat, EEE Recupel
Bulgaria Ecobultech / Ecobulbatterien
Cyprus WEEE Cyprus
Czech Asekol
Denmark Elretur (authorized representative AR Europe)
Estonia EES-Ringlus
France batteries Corepile, EEE Ecosystem
Germany ZENTEK
Creek Appliances Recycling S.A (authorized representative AMMON OVIS)
Ireland WEEE Ireland (authorized representative Harvard Consulting)
Italy ERION (authorized representative Avv. Maurizio Iorio)
Latvia Latvijas Zaļais punkts, JST
Lithuania EGIO
Luxembourg Ecotrel/Ecobatterien
Netherlands batteries Stibat, EEE Wecycle
Norway NORSIRK
Poland Asekol
Portugal Electrao (authorized representative 3Drivers)
Romania ecotic
Slovakia ASEKOL
Slovenia ZEOS d.o.o.
Spain Ecotic (authorized representative Gestec)
Sweden El Kretsen
Switzerland batteries Inobat, EEE SENS, SWICO
UK REPIC