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Electrical and electronic equipment

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

If you produce, sell or import electrical and electronic devices, process electrical waste in the Netherlands or export discarded electrical equipment from the Netherlands, you are responsible for managing these devices up to and including the waste phase (i.e. 'producer responsibility'). 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 themExternal link by signing a Participation Agreement. You are legally required to registerExternal link with the National (W)EEE Register. You must report annually to the Register the previous year's quantity of WEEE that you have put on the market, exported, collected or processed.

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 equipment free of charge, without the obligation 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.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency