Collection and Recycling Arrangements in Switzerland
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
Directive is a European Directive which requires producers to make arrangements
for the collection and recycling of WEEE. The Directive is transposed
into national law by EU Member States. Switzerland is not a member of
the European Union or of the European Economic Area, and therefore has
no obligation to follow EU policy.
Producer responsibility for the take-back
of electrical and electronic equipment in Switzerland is covered by
the Ordinance on the Return, Take-back and Disposal of Electrical and
Electronic Equipment (ORDEE). The Ordinance came into force on July
1st 1998 and an amendment came into force in January 2005 which extended
the scope of the Ordinance to increase the number of categories of electrical
and electronic equipment which are covered.
The requirements of ORDEE are different from the requirements
of the WEEE Directive. In particular, the categories of equipment which
are covered by ORDEE do not include any of the types of equipment produced
by FEI. ORDEE does not place any requirements on FEI, or any distributors
of FEI products, to provide collection and recycling of waste electrical
and electronic equipment in Switzerland.