Unico (UK) Ltd


The WEEE directive is a new European directive aiming to promote the reuse and recycling, as opposed to sending to landfill, of end of life electrical and electronic waste in the European market. This is a producer responsibility directive with producers responsible for the collection and treatment of equipment from January 2007. The directive applies to most consumer products and some industrial products.

The RoHS directive is in addition to this, legislating for all new electrical equipment put on the market after 1st July 2006 to be free from certain substances. This includes, Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, Polybrominated Biphenyls and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers.

After careful consideration of both these directives and the scope of them, Unico (UK) Ltd have come to the conclusion that their AC Variable Speed Drive systems are OUTSIDE the scope of the directives in the UK. This has been decided on the following basis:

1. This equipment is part of a ‘fixed installation’ under the definition given in the DTI WEEE guidance published in their third consultation. The AC Drives have no specific stand-alone function outside of such a system and the system in-turn, has no specific function without the mechanical process machinery which it is specifically designed to control, and is therefore excluded.

2. The equipment is professionally and permanently installed with a life expectancy of 20 years plus, and if ever subsequently decommissioned, Unico (UK) Ltd can offer an advisory service, via our Waste Management Recycler for all our products, to ensure professional recycling is carried out .

For recycling of defective PCB's and other component parts of our drives, consumables from our premises, and other small items deemed to be WEEE, Unico is a registered member of a recognised recycling scheme, and our accumulated WEEE is collected and certified for recycling periodically.

If you require any additional information please do not hesitate to contact us.


Managing Director

Unico (UK) Ltd.

April 2013.