The WEEE Directive was introduced in 2005 to create an environmentally sustainable society.

The WEEE Directive comprises rules and regulations for producer responsibility for electrical and electronic products and was introduced by the European Parliament. Sweden has implemented the WEEE Directive through the Producer Responsibility Ordinance for Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Swedish Code of Statutes – SFS 2014:1075).

Producer responsibility is a policy instrument, the aim of which is to integrate the environmental costs arising during a product’s lifecycle into the price of the product.

The rules and regulations are based on the principle of the ‘polluter pays’, whereby those causing a negative environmental impact are also responsible for the socio-economic costs that arise.

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