WEEE Directive is transposed into Estonian legislation through:
Producer†of electrical and electronic equipments (EEE) is a person who regardless of the method of sale
Producer is not a person who finances under or pursuant to any finance agreement unless person also acts as a producer.
Retailer is a person who provides EEE on a commercial basis to the party who going to use it.
Product of concern is a product the waste resulting from which causes or may cause health or environmental hazards, environmental nuisances or excessive pollution of environment.
Products of concern are: batteries and accumulators,†motor vehicles and their parts, tyres, EEE and their parts and agricultural plastic.
Electrical and electronic equipment is an equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly and equipment for the generation, transfer and measurement of such currents and designed for use with a voltage rating not exceeding 1000 V for alternating current and 1500 V for direct current.
Place on the market: Product is placed on the market if that product is made available for a first time in the Estonian market for the purpose of distribution or putting it into service (made available for the†third parties). Putting it into service means an activity which involves the use of product for the first time for its intended purpose. For example if product is brought from some Member State, then that product is placed on the market after all procedures are done (user's manual translated etc). If that product is brought for example from China or USA, then after that when all procedures related with Customs are done (filled declarations etc.) and it's possible to start to sell or use it. If product is just in bonded warehouse, that product is not placed on the market yet.
Producer must bear all costs of collection and treatment of WEEE. Producers have also obligation to collect and treat all WEEE resulting from EEE placed on the market before 13 August 2005 (so called "historical waste"). Costs of such waste shall be divided between these producers who are in market now in proportion to their market share (by categories).
Producer shall set out the following information on electrical and electronic equipment intended for distribution:
That information must be clearly legible, indelible and visible until the equipment turns into waste.
Producer must provide information for users of electric and electronic equipment:
Producers shall make available to the facilities engaged in the treatment of WEEE all information related to the reuse and processing of each new type of EEE that is placed to the market not later than one year after such equipment is placed on the market, indicating the components and materials of such equipment and specifying the location if hazardous substances and preparations contained therein.
Producers of†EEE intended for household use shall be responsible for ensuring that such waste can be returned to the retailer free of charge on a one-to-one basis as long as the equipment is of equivalent type and has fulfilled the same functions as the supplied equipment. If there are no facilities for collection of WEEE within the radius of 10 km, producers shall be responsible for ensuring that such waste can be returned to the retailer free of charge on more than one-to-one basis as long as the equipment is of equivalent type and has fulfilled the same functions as the supplied equipment.
There is 2 ways to submit application:
With Register can only register these producers who have registered in Estonian Central Commercial Register. When producer is located permanently outside Estonia then (s)he can not register directly in Register. Foreign producer has 3 options:
Such solution solves the problem where we have to guarantee to foreign producers possibility to register and in the same time it forecloses necessity in case of infringement to turn to Court of that Member State where that producer is permanently located. If producer from outside Estonia (for example from Germany) do not fulfil some of his/her obligations (proportionally with his/her market share) then that Estonian producer who has some claims (for example financial) do not have to go to the Court of other Member State where that producer is located. And other reason is that Estonian enforcement authorities can not supervise these producers who have responsibilities in Estonia but are located in other location outside Estonia.
All the data in Register are public according to Public Information Act. It means data are attainable with restrictions for everyone in form of request for information. For example, it is not possible to get an information about market shares and guarantees or contracts or other information which contains commercial secret. Public are general data about amounts placed on the market and waste handling (summary of all data reported by all producers), description of national public information campaigns and waste management plans (except parts which contain commercial secret).
In Estonia, there is no Clearing House System. Producers have to divide the costs themselves and communicate with each other. For example if someone has collected more WEEE than (s)he place on the market, then it means that someone collected less than his/her market share is. And that producer who collected more presents a bill for payment to that one that collected less. If they do not get an agreement then the Court solves the problem.
Requirements for collection and treatment sites
If you have any further questions, you may contact with:
†Waste Act (in Estonian)
* Requirements for Treatment of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
*† Requirements, Procedure and Targets for Collection, Return to Producers and Recovery or Disposal of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, and Time Limits for Reaching Targets
* Statutes of Register of Products of Concern (March 2011)
* Link on Regulation of Minister of Environment No. 21, 27.04.2009 (in Estonian)
* Link on Regulation of Minister of Environment No 12, 16.02.2011 (in Estonian)
* Link on Regulation of Minister of Environment No. 57, 22.07.2013 (in Estonian)