Produsentregister for elektriske og elektroniske produkter

Information in English

Introduction
About the WEEE Register 
Duties of domestic producers and importers 
What products are covered by the demands?
Duties of take-back companies
Duties of collectively financed take-back companies 
Duties of individually financed take-back companies 
Approval of take-back companies
Approved take-back companies 
Members of the take-back companies.
Legislation 
Contact


The WEEE Register – the Register of Producers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Domestic producers and importers of EE equipment must be members of a take-back company. 
Electrical and electronic equipment (EE equipment) can contain environmentally hazardous substances. These products shall be collected separately and treated properly when they end up as waste. To ensure separate collection, sorting and treatment, the Norwegian regulations relating to the recycling of waste (the Waste Regulations) contains separate provisions on EE waste. 

Proper management of electrical and electronic waste (EE waste) is a producer responsibility, in other words the responsibility of businesses that manufacture electrical and electronic equipment or import it to Norway. All domestic producers and importers of EE equipment are obliged to be members of an approved take-back company for EE waste. More information about how you as a domestic producer or importer of EE equipment can meet the requirements given in the Waste Regulations are found here

Take-back companies for EE waste
The responsibility for the actual collection and treatment of EE waste lies upon the take-back companies. The Waste Regulations imposes several duties on these take-back companies. More information about these duties can be found here


The WEEE Register 
Norwegian Environment Agency (Miljødirektoratet) has established the WEEE Register (EE-registeret) to follow up domestic producers and importers of EE equipment. The WEEE Register shall assemble an overview of all domestic producers and importers of EE equipment and provide guidance on their duties. The WEEE Register also draws up an overview of domestic producers and importers who does not comply with the demands in the Waste Regulations and reports these to the Norwegian Agency.

In addition, the WEEE Register receives and collates data from the take-back companies to produce statistics regarding collected and treated amounts of EE waste. 

The WEEE Register is owned by the Norwegian Environment Agency and operated by COWI AS.

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About the WEEE Register

The directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE, 2002/96/EC) and the directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS, 2002/95/EC) were adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in January 2003. Norway is obliged by the EEA-agreement to implement these directives. To fulfil this obligation, chapter 1 in the Norwegian Waste Regulations regarding Waste electrical and electronic equipment, was revised July 1. 2006. In addition, the Norwegian Product Regulations was altered to implement the demands given in the RoHS directive. 

The WEEE directive demands that a register of producers is drawn up. This register shall collect data about the production, import and export of EE equipment. It shall also gather data regarding the collection and treatment of EE waste. In Norway, these tasks are given to the WEEE Register. Additionally, the WEEE Register have been given the task of identifying companies that are operating as so-called free-riders, i.e. not meeting their obligations under the Norwegian regulations. These free-riders leave the waste handling costs to their competitors and thereby undermine the take-back schemes for EE waste. 

Tasks of the WEEE Register
The WEEE Register is established and owned by the Norwegian Environment Agency and operated by COWI AS. The tasks of the WEEE Register are:

  • Collect data from The Directorate of Customs and Excise to identify domestic producers and importers who doesn’t fulfil their obligations and inform these about their duties.
  • Collect and collocate data from the tack-back systems on collected and treated amounts of EE waste, their members’ domestic production of EE equipment etc
  • Calculate the amounts of EE equipment put on the Norwegian market
  • Provide information on the legislation to producers and importers of EE equipment and inform them about which take-back companies that is approved to handle the EE-equipment in question.
  • Act neutral in the relation to competing take-back systems.

Further details regarding the tasks of the WEEE Register are given in the Waste Regulations § 1-22. 


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Duties of domestic producers and importers
All who on a commercial basis imports into or manufactures in Norway EE equipment for the Norwegian market, are required to finance the collection and treatment of EE waste through either: 

1. Membership in a collectively financed take-back company that is approved by the Norwegian Environment Agency
or

2. Membership in an individually financed take-back company that is approved by the Norwegian Environment Agency. 

Collectively financed take-back company
Being a member in a collectively financed take-back company means that the domestic producer / importer enters into an agreement for the purchase of services from an approved take-back company, and hands over most of the responsibility of meeting the requirements in the Waste Regulations to the take-back company. 

Individually financed take-back company
Being a member in an individually financed take-back company means that the domestic producer / importer assumes an individual producer responsibility. This means that the domestic producer / importer are committed to finance the collection and treatment of their own products when these products end up as waste in the future. 

Participation in a take-back company
The obligation to be a member of an approved take-back company applies to domestic producers / importers of both components and independent products that are EE equipment. Membership entails that the domestic producer/importer enters into an agreement for the purchase of services from an approved take-back company or that the domestic producer/importer itself operates an approved take-back company. 

The membership shall cover the categories of EE waste imported into or manufactured in Norway 

Other duties
Domestic producers/importers are also obliged to provide information that EE waste is not to be disposed of together with other waste in all of its sales and information material and wherever else it is appropriate. The information must indicate where the relevant EE equipment should be delivered for scrapping, that it is covered by a return and take-back system and that it is received free of charge. 

No duty to register with the WEEE Register
In some EU countries, producers and importers must register with the national register of producers. This is not necessary in Norway, as the WEEE Register collects data from The Directorate of Customs and Excise and the take-back companies. The data collected from The Directorate of Customs and Excise includes information about the importer/exporter (VAT number, name, address, etc), what kind of EE-equipment that has been imported/exported, the amounts in kilos and the value of the EE equipment imported/exported. In addition to this, the WEEE register collects data from the take-back systems about their members’ domestic production of EE-equipment. Based on this information, the WEEE Register is able to establish a register of producers, estimate the amounts of EE-equipment put on the Norwegian marked etc. 

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What products are covered by the demands? 


EE equipment means:

  • Products and components that depend on an electrical current or electromagnetic field in order to function correctly.
  • Equipment for the generation, transfer, distribution and measurement of these currents and fields, including the components necessary for the cooling, heating, protection, etc., of the electrical or electronic components.

The Norwegian legislation has a wider scope than the WEEE-directive. All electrical and electronic equipment are in principle covered by the Waste Regulation. Exceptions are found in § 1-1. Vehicles, railways and constructions that are regarded as small craft or leisure boats are among the exceptions. The provisions do not cover EE equipment that is permanently installed in constructions that can be registered in certain registers (mentioned in the Waste Regulation § 1-1). Examples of such constructions are ships, oil platforms and aircrafts. 


EE equipment and EE waste are split on the following categories:

Category

Description

1.  Large household appliances  
     1a. Refrigerators and freezers  
     1b. Other large household appliances Other large household appliances include cookers, microwave ovens, washing machines, air conditioners and other appliances of similar kind and size.
2.  Small household appliances Small household appliances include vacuum cleaners, other appliances for cleaning, irons, coffee percolators, toasters, electric shavers, watches and other appliances of similar kind and size.
3.  IT and telecommunications equipment  
     3a. Computer monitors  
     3b. Other IT and telecommunications equipment Other IT and telecommunications equipment include PCs, printers, photocopiers, calculators, telephones, cellular telephones, watches and other equipment of similar kind and size.
4.  Consumer equipment  
     4a. Television sets  
     4b. Other consumer equipment Other consumer equipment include radio sets, videocameras, audio amplifiers, musical instruments and other equipment of similar kind and size.
5.  Lighting equipment Lighting equipment include light fittings, lamps and other lightning equipment of similar kind.
6.  Light sources Includes gas discharge lamps, fluorescent light strips, lights bulbs, low energy bulbs, incandescent lamps and equipment of similar kind.
7.  Electrical and electronic tools Electrical and electronic tools include drills, grinding equipment, tools for welding, equipment for spraying, lawnmowers and other products or equipment of similar kind.
8.  Toys, leisure and sports equipment Toys, leisure and sports equipment include electric trains, video games, sports equipment, coin slot machines and other equipment of similar kind.
9.  Medical devices Medical devices include radiotherapy equipment, dialysis equipment, laboratory equipment, freezers and other devices and equipment of similar kind.
10. Monitoring and control instruments  
     10a. Smoke detectors  
     10b. Other monitoring and control instruments Other monitoring and control instruments include heating regulators, thermostats, adjusting appliances and other appliances and instrument of similar kind.
11. Automatic dispensers Automatic dispensers include automatic dispensers for food and drink, automatic dispensers for money and other appliances which automatically deliver products
12. Cables and conductors Cables and conductors include isolated conductors, optical fibre cables or cables and conductors of similar kind.
13. Electrotechnical equipment Electrotechnical equipment includes lifts (elevators), escalators, winches and other equipment of similar kind.
14. Fixed equipment for heating, air-condition and ventilation. Fixed equipment for heating, air-condition and ventilation includes water heaters, different types of air-conditioners, heat-pumps, thermometers and other fixed equipment of similar kind.

The three last categories are not included in the WEEE-directive, but are included in the Norwegian legislation. 

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Duties of take-back companies
The Waste Regulations lies down several duties of the take-back companies. The duties listed below apply to both collectively and individually financed take-back companies. For information about duties applying only to collectively financed take-back companies click here – and for information about duties applying only to individually financed take-back companies click here

The duties of the take-back companies are laid down both in the regulations and in the appendixes. The most central duties of all take-back companies are listed below. 

All take-back companies shall:

  • Be registered as separate units in accordance with Act no. 15 of 3 June 1994 relating to the Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities. 
  • Be approved by the Norwegian Environment Agency. To be granted approval, the take-back company must document that it fulfils a list of criteria set out in appendix 2, part C. This shall be documented through certification by a certification body. 
  • Ensure that EE waste is transported, treated and disposed of in line with the applicable rules and regulations. This includes i.a. ensuring that materials and components in the EE waste that are hazardous waste are sorted and handled at approved treatment facilities. 
  • Provide information stating that EE equipment is not to be disposed of together with other waste. This information must also state where the EE equipment in question is to be handed in for scrapping, that it is covered by a return and take-back system, and that it is received free of charge. 
  • Cover the costs associated with the operation of the WEEE Register with a contribution corresponding to the share that its members have in the total goods supply of all EE equipment. 
  • Report to the WEEE Register:  
    • Which producers join or leave the company as well as which of the categories of EE equipment are covered by the notifications of producers joining and leaving
    • The total quantity of EE waste that has been collected and treated. Figures shall be broken down according to county of collection, municipality, treatment method, treatment facilities, country (where the EE waste has been treated) and EE categories. The report shall also show the distribution of EE waste from households and industry respectively.
    • What quantities of EE equipment that are reused.
    • The members’ total production and export of EE equipment.

Further details regarding the duties of all take-back companies are given in the Waste Regulations § 1-13 and §§ 1-18 to 1-21. 

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Duties of collectively financed take-back companies
In a collectively financed take-back company one or more domestic producers / importers finance the waste treatment in proportion to its or their market share of EE equipment and the amount of EE waste generated in the same year. 

In addition to the duties of all take-back companies, all collectively financed take-back companies shall:

  • Ensure that EE waste is collected free of charge from distributors and the municipalities.
  • Receive EE waste free of charge from enterprises that collect waste
  • Collect and receive EE waste in relevant geographical areas of the country where EE equipment of its members is or has previously been sold or delivered, irrespective of the brand or make of the waste equipment
  • At all times have the financial resources to ensure that the company can fulfil the obligations for its members
  • Ensure that the collected EE waste is treated in accordance with the obligations stipulated in § 1-18 in the Waste Regulations
  • Collect and receive a proportion of the quantity of EE waste collected in total that corresponds to the share of its members in the total supply of goods in the same geographical area. The obligation relating to collection and reception applies to each category of EE equipment.

Further details regarding the duties of collectively financed take-back companies are given in the Waste Regulations § 1-14. 

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Duties of individually financed take-back companies
In an individually financed take-back company one or more domestic producers / importers finance the waste treatment of its or their own products. 

In addition to the duties of all take-back companies, the following duties apply to all individually financed take-back companies: 

Collection of EE waste

  • Individually financed take-back companies have a responsibility for the EE equipment that each of its members has manufactured in Norway or imported into Norway after the domestic producer / importer in question became a member of the take-back company. The responsibility applies until this EE equipment is scrapped or exported and irrespective of whether the producer remains a member of the take-back company.
  • The take-back company must establish and operate a collection scheme that makes it overwhelmingly probable that the EE equipment that the company is responsible for is returned to the take-back company when it is discarded.
  • The take-back company may not impose a requirement that distributors or the municipalities sort and/or deliver waste EE equipment of a particular brand or make to the take-back company. Neither may the take-back company base the probability referred to in the subsection above on such sorting and/or delivery.

Further details regarding the duties of individually financed take-back companies to ensure the collection of EE waste are given in the Waste Regulations § 1-15. 

Furnish a financial guarantee

  • Individually financed take-back companies shall ensure that for all EE equipment that members manufacture in Norway or import into Norway a sufficient financial guarantee is furnished to allow the collection and treatment (duties under the terms of section 1-18) to be fulfilled at the time that the EE equipment is scrapped. The material value cannot be taken into account.
  • The take-back company shall calculate the guarantee amount necessary for each member.
  • When individually financed take-back companies receive the reimbursement of the financial guarantee, the necessary amount shall be made available for collection and treatment of the EE waste (purposes covered by section 1-18).

Further details regarding the duty of individually financed take-back companies to furnish a financial guarantee are given in the Waste Regulations § 1-16. 

Participate in the financing of collective take-back companies

  • Individually financed take-back companies shall participate in the financing of collectively financed take-back companies in order to cover the costs associated with waste from EE equipment that was produced in or imported into Norway before each of the members joined the company, as well as the costs for all EE waste that cannot be linked to an existing producer.
  • This collective obligation shall be calculated, by the tack-back company, based on the estimated average lifetime of each of the products in question.
  • The collective obligation shall be paid to the WEEE Register for distribution to the collectively financed take-back companies – based on their market share.

Further details regarding the duty of individually financed take-back companies to participate in the financing of collective take-back companies are given in the Waste Regulations § 1-17.  The formula used to calculate this is given in Appendix 2: Certification of take-back companies, part C, criteria 5.01 

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Approval of take-back companies
All take-back companies, both collectively and individually financed, are required to have approval from the Norwegian Environment Agency. To be granted approval, the take-back companies must document that they fulfil a list of criteria (set appendix 2 in the Waste Regulation). This shall be documented through a certification process. The take-back systems must engage a certification body to go through their system and certify that their system meets the demands in appendix 2. 

The Norwegian Environment Agency has approved the following take-back companies: Elretur AS, ERP Norway AS, Eurovironment AS, RENAS AS and Elsirk AS.

The take-back company shall cover all the costs related to the certification and to regular reviews. 

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Approved take-back companies 

Collectively financed take-back companies
To comply with the demands in the Waste Regulations, domestic producers and importers of EE equipment can join a collectively financed take-back company. A list of collectively financed take-back companies are given below. The table shows what categories of EE equipment / EE waste the different tack-back companies handle. 

The following collectively financed take-back companies has been approved by the Norwegian Environment Agency:

Elretur AS
Postboks 6454 Etterstad
N-0605 Oslo
Norway
Phone: (+47) 23 06 07 40
Fax: (+47) 23 06 07 41
E-mail: adm@elretur.no 
Web: http://www.elretur.no/
Elsirk AS  
Postboks 49
N-2001 Lillestrøm
Norway
Phone: (+47) 67 97 10 10
Fax: (+47) 67 97 01 01
E- mail: post@elsirk.no 
Web: http://www.elsirk.no/

ERP Norge AS Bragenes Torg 4        
N-3017 Drammen
Phone: (+47)400 00 476
E-mail: vebjorn.eilertsen@erp-recycling.org

RENAS AS 
Postboks 268 Skøyen
N-0212 Oslo
Norway
Phone: (+47) 22 13 52 00
Fax: (+47) 22 12 15 07
E- mail: renas@renas.no 
Web: http://www.renas.no/

Eurovironment AS
Postboks 567 Skøyen
0214 Oslo
Telefon: 800 82 090
Faks: 22 12 96 65
E-post: post@evm.no
Hjemmeside: http://www.evm.no/

 Members of the take-back companies.

Individually financed take-back companies
There are currently no individually financed take-back companies. 

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Legislation 

Norwegian legislation 
Waste Regulations. Chapter 1. Waste electrical and electronic equipment:

In Norwegian: Forskrift om gjenvinning og behandling av avfall (avfallsforskriften). Kapittel 1 om kasserte elektriske og elektroniske produkter.

Unofficial translation: Regulations relating to the recycling of waste (Waste Regulations). Chapter 1. Waste electrical and electronic equipment 

Appendix 1: Categories of EE Equipment and EE waste (Not translated) 
Appendix 2, part A: Certification of take-back companies. Definitions. (Not translated). 
Appendix 2, part B: Certification of take-back companies. Rules for the certification of take-back companies. (Not translated). 
Appendix 2, part C: Certification of take-back companies. Criteria for the certification of take-back companies. (Not translated). 


Waste Regulations. Chapter 11. Hazardous waste: 

Unofficial translation: Regulations relating to the recycling of waste (Waste Regulations). Chapter 11. Hazardous waste 


Product Regulations. Chapter 2. Regulated substances, preparations and products
Abour EE equipment:
Section 2-21. Electrical and electronic products and equipment (EE products) – definitions and scope
Section 2-22.Electrical and electronic products and equipment (EE products) – product requirements
Section 2-23. Electrical and electronic products and equipment (EE products) – labelling and information


Pollution Control Act

Act of 13 March 1981 No.6 concerning protection against pollution and concerning waste


European legislation
The WEEE-directive:
DIRECTIVE 2002/96/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 27 January 2003 on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) 

Amendment to the WEEE-directive:
DIRECTIVE 2003/108/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 8 December 2003 amending Directive 2002/96/EC on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) 

The ROHS-directive:
DIRECTIVE 2002/95/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 27 January 2003 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS) 

The WEEE-directive regulates take-back systems and treatment of EE waste in addition to proper marking of EE equipment. The provisions regarding tack-back systems and treatment of EE waste in the WEEE-directive are implemented in the Norwegian regulations in chapter 1 of the Waste Regulations. 

The RoHS-diretcive restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The directive contains concrete prohibitions or maximum concentration values for certain substances which pose a risks to health or the environment. The provisions in the RoHS-directive, and the provision regarding proper marking of EE equipment in the WEEE-directive, are implemented in the Norwegian regulations in the Product Regulations (§§ 3-17, 3-18 and 3-19). 

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Contact

The WEEE Register (EE-registeret) can be reached on the following addresses and numbers: 

EE-registeret
c/o COWI AS
Pb 6412 Etterstad
N-0605 OSLO
NORWAY

Phone: (+47) 40 61 82 00
E-mail: eereg@cowi.no 

 

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