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If you produce, sell or import electrical and electronic devices, process electrical waste in the Netherlands or export discarded electrical equipment from the Netherlands, producer responsibility means you are responsible for managing these devices up to and including the waste phase.
You must comply with the regulations, for instance, you must make sure that:
- devices have a 'KCA symbol' (crossed-out wheeled bin);
- devices do not contain hazardous substances such as lead, mercury and cadmium.
You can take part in Wecycle's collective collection system. You can join them by signing a Participation Agreement. You are legally required to register with the National (W)EEE Register. You must report annually the previous year's quantity of WEEE to the Register that you have put on the market, exported, collected or processed. There are several collective collection systems in the Netherlands, these are listed in the National (W)EEE Register.
Recycling contribution for white goods, brown goods and light bulbs
The recycling contribution is included in the price of (large and small) white and brown goods (TVs, refrigerators, washing machines, microwaves). If, as a retailer, you sell a new appliance, you must collect comparable appliances discarded by customers free of charge. This also applies to energy-sufficient light bulbs.
Collection point waste electrical and electronic equipment
If you supply electrical and electronic equipment and your store's floor space exceeds 400 m2, you must have a collection point for waste electrical and electronic equipment. Consumers can return their waste appliances free of charge, without being obliged to buy a new equivalent item at your store.
Please note: The technical requirements that the Netherlands sets for electrical and electronic devices vary to those of other EU Member States. Has an electrical or electronic device already been permitted in another EU Member State? Then the government can only prohibit its sale in the Netherlands in exceptional cases.
Extended producer reponsibility
Recycling and waste management are priority topics for the EU, and the coming years will see a shift towards extended producer responsibility and recycling of waste. You can find more information on these ambitions on the Rijkswaterstaat Environment website.