Professionals

EU-based manufacturers, importers and rebranders of electrical and electronic equipment or batteries, as well as online shops selling these products to the European Union fall under the mandatory obligations of the WEEE and Battery Directive.

PV CYCLE is a member-based non-profit organization offering collective and tailor-made waste management and legal compliance solutions under the WEEE and Battery Directives. We enable the responsible parties to comply with their mandatory obligations – in an easy and cost-effective way.

The following persons are considered to be responsible for waste management under EU law:

Manufacturer

Any natural or legal person established in a country of the European Union and manufacturing and selling under his own name or trademark within the territory of this Member State

Rebrander

Any natural or legal person established in a country of the European Union and reselling products produced by other suppliers (except where the brand of the original producer appears on the product) within the territory of this Member State under his own name or trademark

 

Importer

Any natural or legal person established in a country of the European Union and placing products from a third country or from another Member State on the market of this Member State

Online shops & Distributors

Companies established in another Member State or in a third country and selling products by means of distance communication directly to end customers in a Member State also fall under the legal obligations of Battery and WEEE legislation. They will need to appoint an Authorized Representative in that case.

Distributors with a sales or shipping area of >400m² must ensure the disposal of equipment if they sell a new device. For small devices (less than 25 cm external dimension), distributors have to generally take back old devices.

Become compliant!

If you are not sure if you, your customer or your supplier fall under EU waste legislation, or if you have a distribution channel that does not match any of the above, then contact our team at join@pvcycle.org.

Not complying with your legal obligations can result in fines or prohibition of sales.

Obligations: WEEE

  • Organize and finance the take-back and treatment of your products
  • Register the company at the national Producers register
  • Periodically report to the national register the quantity of sold products
  • Inform the users on correct waste disposal
  • Mark the products with a crossed-out wheelie bin
  • Ensure a financial guarantee (country-specific
  • Mark the products with your identification mark (brand, logo, …)
  • Inform treatment facilities of product’s composition and use of hazardous materials

Obligations: Battery

  • Organize and finance the take-back and treatment of your products
  • Register the company at the national Producers register
  • Periodically report to the national register the quantity of sold products
  • Inform the users on correct waste disposal
  • Mark the products with a crossed-out wheelie bin