Electrical and electronic equipment is equipment that needs electrical current or electromagnetic field in order to operate. Such waste equipment is, due to its specific composition, a specific type of waste that must be disposed of separately at a designated place. This is conveyed by the symbol with the crossed-out waste bin, which must be printed in an undeletable way on the electrical or electronic equipment or at least on its packaging if the device is too small to do it on the product itself. Moreover, some types of WEEE are classified as dangerous waste, which can harm the environment as well as people if managed incorrectly.
WEEE is one of the fastest growing categories of waste in the world, which is why its disposal should be resolved in a systematic manner and the goals of collecting WEEE and processing should be established at the EU level.
The new Decree on WEEE (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia no. 55/2015), which has brought the European DIRECTIVE 2012/19/EU, into the Slovenian legislation, has established ambitious goals with regard to the collection of WEEE for Slovenia, namely:
- In 2015, collect 4 kg of WEEE from households per capita or at least as much WEEE as the average quantity in 2012, 2013 and 2014,
- In 2016, collect at least 41% of average mass of WEEE put on the Slovenian market annually in the last three years,
- In 2021, collect at least 65% of average mass of WEEE put on the Slovenian market annually in the last three years or 85% of average mass of WEEE put on the Slovenian market annually.