Electrical and electronic waste disposal changes

Government has met with and advised the Chamber and Commerce and the Gibraltar Federation for Small Businesses that it has introduced changes to its Environment (Waste) Regulations.

These Regulations now require that all electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) be managed separately from other waste. This will ensure that once the EEE have reached the 'end-of-life' at which time it becomes Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), that their disposal impact to the environment is minimised.

The Regulations have significant implications for importers, retailers and users of EEE, and for those who treat or recover WEEE and who are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with these regulations.

Importers of EEE are required to submit (in addition to the customs declaration form (CUS100)) an EEE declaration form at point of importation into Gibraltar. PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS OBLIGATORY TO FILL IN THIS FORM ACCURATELY. IT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE TO INCLUDE INFORMATION WHICH IS FALSE IN A MATERIAL PARTICULAR.

* Forms can be downloaded from the Government website on www.gibraltar.gov.gi/environment/environment

List of products that are caught by the WEEE Regulations include:

1. Large Household appliances

2. Small household appliances

3. IT and telecommunications equipment

4. Consumer equipment

5. Lighting equipment

6. Electrical and electronic tools

7. Toys, Leisure and sports equipment

8. Medical devices (with the exception of all implanted and infected products)

9. Monitoring and Control instruments

10 Automatic dispensers

The general public are advised to note that all retailers in EU countries are obliged to offer a free take-back service to purchasers of new electrical or electronic products.

The take-back service works on a 'like for like' basis. This means, for example, that when someone purchases a DVD player they could return a record player and even if the product was purchased elsewhere.

The Government has set up a temporary collection park for the disposal of all WEEE.

The facility allows end users and /retailers of electrical and electronic equipment to dispose of such waste free of charge. The temporary collection Park is situated at Buena Vista and operated by Gibraltar Community Projects. This waste sorting facility is available Mondays to Fridays 8am to 8pm and Saturdays 8am to 1pm. The facility is not open on Sundays or public holidays.

It is important to note that WEEE items can no longer be disposed of through the domestic refuse route, in other words, the household bins. These need to be taken to the Buena Vista facility.

Anyone who has any queries on the legislation or the new requirements for WEEE should contact the Department of the Environment on Telephone:20050294 or can download information and guidance documents from the Government website on: