WEEE is Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, namely all waste resulting from devices that use electrical energy for their operation, including all the components and materials that are integral to the product at the time of the decision to get rid of it.

WEEE is divided into 10 classes:

  • Large electrical appliances
  • Small electrical appliances
  • Computer equipment and equipment for telecommunications
  • Consumer products (consumer electronics)
  • Apparatus for illumination
  • Electric and electronic tools
  • Toys and apparatus for leisure and sport
  • Medical devices
  • Monitoring and control instrumentation
  • Automatic vending machines

In addition WEEE may be of 2 types, depending on its origin: household WEEE generated by family units, and non-household WEEE produced by firms and by administrative and economic activity.


In Italy at least 1.5 million tonnes of electronic waste (WEEE) are produced each year.


While the start of an economy that is virtuously self-sustaining is still far off, the collection of technological waste is starting to show appreciable results in Italy, too. With regard just to household waste the quantity in Italy has rose from 193,000 tonnes in 2009 to 245,000 tonnes in 2010.  As for WEEE from firms, there is as yet no official data but the level of awareness among major enterprises in Italy is gradually increasing.