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Directive 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)
Waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is generated in enormous amounts around the world today, and has become a global environmental issue. This is because the e-waste contains hazardous substances that may be released as the waste is handled and processed. However, the risks for humans and the environment vary depending on how the e-waste is processed. Waste from EEE is often recycled with the aim to take care of its hazardous components and/or to recover its valuable materials. 

The aim of WEEE Directive is to improve collection, re-use and recycling of used electronic devices so as to contribute to the reduction of waste and to the efficient use of resources and to limit illegal exports of such waste from the EU.
WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU general information
               
Information for users, waste treatment facilities and marking is prepared according to EU Directive 2012/19/EU (WEEE) to give end-users the necessary information on how to treat and dispose of EEE (Electrical and Electronic Equipment) waste after it has been removed from service and is to be recycled.