The most important new parameter that was introduced with the WEEE Regulation (R.A.A 668/2004) is the concept of the Producer Responsibility, based on the polluter pays principle. This concept, which basically governs all aspects of a European Legislation relevant to waste, makes businesses responsible (obliged) for the recovery and recycling of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

There is of course additionally shared responsibility for all economic factors related to the cycle of life of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (such as manufacturers, transporters, local authorities and citizens), but the main responsibility lies with those who:

  • Manufacture and sell electrical and electronic equipment under their own brand or stamp.
  • Resell under their own brand or stamp and/or any other way, equipment produced by other suppliers.
  • Import or export professionally electrical and electronic equipment in a member state of the European Union, or professionally transport electrical and electronic equipment to the Republic from another member state of the EU.


The objectives of the System are:

  • Until 31 December 2015, a separate collection of WEEE of domestic origin corresponding to either an average of at least four (4) kilograms per inhabitant per year or a quantity equal to the average annual weight of WEEE collected in the Republic over the previous three years, whichever is greater.
  • From 1 January 2016, the minimum WEEE collection percentage is set at 45% and is calculated on the basis of the total weight of WEEE collected in a given year in the Republic, expressed as a percentage of the average annual weight of EEE put into circulation during the previous three (3) in the Republic.
  • In the years 2016 to 2019, the competent authority shall ensure the gradual increase in the volume of WEEE collected.
  • From 1 January 2019, the minimum collection rate to be achieved on an annual basis is set at 65% of the average annual weight of EEE placed on the market in the Republic over the previous three years or alternatively at 85% of the average annual weight of WEEE produced in the Republic.