Based on the European Union WEEE directive, production and selling of branded products must affix the crossed out wheeled bin to warn consumers the prohibition of waste electrical and electronic equipment disposal at will.
The new Directive of WEEE 2012/19/EU was published in 24 July 2012, shall apply to electrical and electronic equipment as follows:
From 15 August 2018, subject to paragraphs 3 and 4, to all EEE. All EEE shall be classified within the six categories set out in Annex III. New Directive requires Member States to ensure their production responsibility, and set the goal of minimum collection rate annually. Besides, each category needs to achieve the minimum recovery target in three periods.
European Union Member States shall bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive by 14 February 2014, the old Directive 2002/96/EC should be repealed in 15 February 2014.