WEEE means Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

The abbreviation WEEE comes from the words waste electrical and electronic equipment. Electrical and electronic equipment are equipment requiring a power source, either electric or battery/accumulator power.


WEEE can be anything from discarded computers, office electronic equipment, consumer goods such as Tvs, DVD players, mobile phones or tablets to refrigerators. Also energy saving lamps and fluorescent tubes and lamps are WEEE, except filament bulbs and halogen lamps.


Examples of equipment classified as WEEE:

Large household appliances: Large cooling appliances, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, dish washing machines, electric stoves, microwave owens, electric heating appliances etc.

Small household appliances: Vacuum cleaners, carpet sweepers, other appliances for cleaning, sewing machines, mangles, toasters, fryers, coffee machines, shaving machines, hair dryers, electrical tooth brushes, clocks, scales etc.

IT and telecommunications equipment: Computers, printers, displays, keyboards, mouses, laptops, copiers, electrical typewriters, pocket and desk calculators, faxes, telephones, mobile phones etc.

Consumer equipment: Radio sets, television sets, videocameras, digital cameras, video recorders, sound reproducing equipment, DVD players etc.

Lighting equipment: Luminaires for fluorescent lamps, straight fluorescent lamps, compact fluorescent lamps, flashlights, ceiling lamps, floor lamps and other equipment for the purpose of spreading or controlling light (NOT filament bulbs, they belong to regular household waste)

Electrical and electronic tools: Drills, saws and other equipment for tlathing, routing, honing, sawing, cutting, welding etc.

Toys, leisure and sports equipment: Electric trains or motordromes, remote control toys, control terminals, video game devices etc.

Medical devices: Blood pressure monitors, thermometers and other devices for diagnosing, preventing, monitoring, treating or alleviating an illness, injury or disability.

Monitoring and control instruments: Fire detectors, thermostats, humidity monitors and controllers and UPS equipment.




  • 1. Elker is a reliable service provider with over 15 years of experience in the field.
  • 2. Elker is always up-to-date on the latest obligations set out in the EU's WEEE directive and the corresponding obligations of the Finnish legislation.
  • 3. Elker organises the recycling processes of electrical and electronic equipment efficiently.
  • 4. Elker's WEEE recycling processes are sustainable and safe.
  • 5. The WEEE collected is mainly recycled in Finland, according to strict safety regulations and processes.
  • 6. Elker is part of a European-wide joint venture network that enables the producers to settle the WEEE and battery & accumulator requirements and take care of the responsibilities also in Norway and Switzerland, in addition to most of the EU countries.