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Products and responsibility

Role of local authorities

The local authorities also have a number of assignments in connection with the producer responsibility system. At the municipal recycling centres the local authority must ensure sorting of waste electronics into seven fractions, and they must arrange for collection of portable batteries in the vicinity of citizens. The local authorities register their collection sites in the DPA local authority register.


Local authorities

What a waste

A major logistics system is behind the recycling centres most of us visit regularly. Electronics and batteries must not be disposed together with residual waste. Therefore, the local authorities organise collection sites or other types of collection. In return, the compliance schemes must organise collection equipment to be placed at the collection sites. Local authorities order the requested equipment through the local authority register with DPA, and they create the collection sites here as well.

Local authority register

Local authority register with DPA

All local authorities have a system user access to DPA’s statutory local authority register. This is because the local authorities are responsible for establishing the sites where citizens can drop their recyclable waste, and where the operators of the compliance schemes must provide collection units (metal cages, containers, and various boxes and barrels) corresponding to the seven electronics categories + portable batteries.

Waste management companies

Furthermore, a number of public utilities and intermunicipal waste management companies have access to the register, where the local authority has chosen to transfer “operation-ownership” of one or more of the municipal collection sites to a waste management company.

Information to be maintained by the local authority:

  • Contact information of staff members responsible for administration and operation
  • Address of collection sites where waste electronics are to be picked up
  • Number and type of collection equipment
  • Pickup hours and special issues, such as keys, access code, etc.

Collected volumes per collection site

Every year producers must provide information to DPA about how many kilograms/tonnes of waste electronics and portable batteries they have collected in the calendar year per collection site. On the request of the local authority, and free of charge, they must also inform about collected volumes per collection site and month. Local authorities can request such information once a month.

Annual quantities per fraction and per collection site are accessible to the local authority after a login. DPA publishes summed up data per local authority, fraction, and per capita in the annual statistics.

No matter which collection service the local authority selects, citizens must discard waste electronics and portable batteries at a collection point where they are picked up by the operators of the producers. If the local authority has chosen kerbside collection, it must make sure that end-of-life products are transported to a collection site registered at DPA.

The producers have ownership of end-of-life electronics and batteries; After environmental treatment and recycling producers may gain an income through the sale of these secondary raw materials.


Collection sites

See requirements for municipal collection sites, including description of electronics fractions

Regional sites 2021-2022

See regional collection sites for large quantities of waste electronics from households and similar

Collection equipment and pictograms

See producers’ collection equipment and the standard pictograms used by local authorities

Operators and compliance schemes

See contact information of waste carriers and operators calling on municipal collection sites further to the annual allocation


See who picks up end-of-life electronics and portable batteries at the municipal collection sites

Statistics for collected electronics

See volumes of waste electronics collected in the municipalities

Statistics for collected batteries

See how many batteries are collected in the municipalities

Cooperation between local authorities and producers

See guidelines for the cooperation between local authorities and producers, including requirements for sorting and pickup at collection sites