In 2005, with the aim of creating an environmentally sustainable society, the EU WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive introduced a set of rules governing producer responsibility for electrical equipment.

In Denmark, producer responsibility for WEEE is regulated by the Environmental Protection Act and the Statutory Order on electronic waste.

Producer responsibility is a political instrument that aims to integrate the environmental costs that arise during a product’s lifecycle into the price of the product.

Producer responsibility is based on the principle that “the polluter pays”, i.e. those who cause a negative impact on the environment are also responsible for the socio-economic costs that arise as a result.