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21 February 2007
What is it all about?
The responsibility to organise a waste maintenance system for electrical and electronic equipment
has been transferred from the consumers to the producers. This change is based on European
Union’s directive about electrical and electronic scrap as well as on a national change in the waste
law and a regulation of the Council of State.
The producer is either the one who produces the product, or is a retailer or a seller which sells
equipment under its own trademark. The recycling of the electrical and electronic equipment,
which is no longer in use, is based on the producer responsibility and began operation on the 13th
August, 2005.
Costs of recycling
The producers are responsible for organising the recycling as well as for the costs incurred. The
producers will add the costs to the prices of their products. The recycling might be entered on a
separate receipt but all electrical and electronic equipment sold in shops should include the cost of
the recycling in the price.
Returning electrical and electronic scrap
Consumers can deliver their old electrical and electronic equipment to official collection points
maintained by producer societies for free if it has only been used in households. The basic
principle is that a consumer can return a maximum of three items of the same product at a time.
The equipment needs to be in one piece when returned.
The shop does not have a legal responsibility to accept electrical and electronic equipment, but is
obliged to indicate the nearest official collection point to the client. If the shop will accept old
equipment from a consumer in connection with a purchase, it will not be charged separately.
When a shop collects old electrical and electronic scrap from households, it has the right to charge
the consumer for the costs incurred.
Collection points
There are about 360 official collection points in Finland at the moment. Their contact information
can be found in
Company xxx (the place where the main office is located)
The nearest collection points are xxx and xxx (the main office fills this