Membership in SERTY
Producer responsibility encompasses all electrical and electronic appliances (running from batteries, accumulators, mains current, or solar energy), which means that the importer or the manufacturer in the country of origin is responsible for the appliances’ waste management and pays a recycling fee on the appliances for this purpose. Practical operations are organised by producer associations established by these companies. Finland has five such associations: SER-tuottajayhteisö ry (SERTY), ICT Producers Co‑operative, Flip ry, SELT ry, and ERP Finland ry.
As are the other producer associations, SERTY is a not-for-profit organisation supervised by the authorities. The purpose of the association is to reduce the amount of waste and the extent of damage caused by electric and electronic equipment, enhance material reuse and reclamation, and promote the recycling of waste electric and electronic equipment (WEEE).
More information at the Ministry of the Environment: producer responsibility and definition of a producer.
With funds generated through recycling fees, the producer associations have since 2005 maintained more than 400 regional reception points where households have been able to dispose of equipment at no charge. The producer associations are responsible for the transportation of the devices to processing plants and for the recycling of materials. The new Waste Act introduced collection by stores on 1 May 2013, and since then more reception points have been established for household devices.
To be a permanent member of the association, one can be an incorporated society conducting business in Finland in the field of manufacture or import of electric and electronic equipment and must accept the rules of the association, make a commitment to paying the fee for joining the association, and enter into an agreement on joining the producer responsibility system.
The SERTY rules in force, entry and membership fees, recycling fees, and an agreement template can be requested from our office (contact details are provided in the top left on the association’s Web pages).
Membership enters into effect once the agreement has been signed. After that, the company receives a username and password for reporting on its equipment and an invoice for the joining fee. The annual membership fee is charged at the end of each year.
We report new members to the supervisory authority, the Pirkanmaa Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, monthly.
SERTY guides and counsels its members, engages in monitoring, and collects data on issues and regulations related to developments in the field of waste management and recycling of electric and electronic equipment. Members are sent bulletins regularly.
Reporting on EE equipment
Monthly, SERTY’s members use an online form to report the quantities of electric equipment suitable for use by consumers (B2C items) that they have imported. These reports are used in calculation of the WEEE fees. Through its activities, SERTY handles the fulfilment of producer responsibility on behalf of its members.
Even B2B devices, items designed only for use by businesses and not suitable for use in the home, are subject to producer responsibility, but no recycling fee is charged for them. Such devices brought into the market are reported upon once a year.
Corporate products (B2B) do not mean lamps, lights, small household appliances, thermostats or heaters.
WEEE marking of equipment
For more information on recycling labels for electric and electronic equipment, please visit the Web site of the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes).
Batteries and accumulators in devices
If an EE device contains batteries or an accumulator, the company must sign a producer liability contract with Recser Oy. For further information, please contact Recser Oy’s managing director, Liisa-Marie Santakoski at tel. +358 10 249 1704 or by e-mail to liisa-marie [at] recser.fi.