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What is WEEE recycling and why is it important?

Posted on Sep 18, 2019.

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As a Managed Technology company dealing with all sorts of hardware and data, we make it our mission to recycle and dispose of these items in the most efficient and correct manner.

What is WEEE?

WEEE recycling stands for Waste and Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling.

It's a blanket term for electrical equipment that is no longer required. It covers equipment powered via a plug or battery. It also includes components used to make electrical equipment.

The crossed-out wheelie bin logo appears on any electrical or electronic equipment produced after 13th August 2005. The logo identifies the product as WEEE and so should not be put in a general waste bin. Instead, they should be disposed of via a licensed waste management company.

There are currently 10 categories of WEEE:

  • Large household appliances

  • Electrical and Electronic tools

  • Toys, leisure and sports equipment

  • Medical devices

  • Monitoring and control equipment

  • Automatic dispensers

  • Small household appliances

  • IT and telecommunications equipment

  • Lighting equipment

The WEEE Law:

Up until February 2003, there were no laws or regulations regarding the recycling of electronic equipment and devices. Once WEEE became law, eletcronics started to carry the crossed-out bin symbol, to indicate the correct way to dispose of electronics.

Any WEEE items can be classified as such if they have reached the end of their use life, whether it is a household item or non-household item.

Why is WEEE so important?

All electrical waste contains chemicals that are harmful to the environment. When WEEE is simply dumped in landfills, over time the products decay and leak toxins into the earth and our waste systems. This can lead to the toxins entering our food chain and ultimately, into us.

What should be recycled under WEEE?

There are a number of different types of electronic items that fall under the WEEE umbrella. Most household appliances fall under this, as well as toys, medical devices, consumer equipment and monitoring/control equipment.

When it comes to the majority of businesses, there are a few key items that are regularly disposed of or replaced. The most popular electrical equipment in businesses being the following:

  • Computers - Either desktop or laptop

  • Telephones - Including conference phones, mobile phones and other landline units

  • Monitors

  • Printers and Scanners

  • Keyboards and Mice

  • Routers

Why not contact us today on 01482 420 150 or click here for an audit of your waste management needs!

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