Your business is likely to generate Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, also known as WEEE. Almost all businesses use electrical and electronic items in their activities. They keep the lights on, the cogs turning, and enable items to be manufactured and information to be processed. Most equipment that requires plugging into the mains or that is powered by a battery is covered by The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (WEEE).
The WEEE regulations aim to reduce the amount of e-waste going to landfill and to increase recycling and reuse. Electrical and electronic equipment often contains substances hazardous to health and to the environment. This includes mercury, lead and cadmium. If waste equipment is not processed properly these chemicals can affect ecosystems and drinking water. The regulations are also intended to ensure we preserve precious raw materials including metals and minerals.
The regulations say that it is the responsibility of the business itself to ensure e-waste is handled properly. This includes storage of discarded equipment and that a registered waste carrier is used when items are transported from site. The business is also required to maintain copies of waste collection and transfer notes and to ensure e-waste is handled by a licensed waste disposal firm or processed at an exempt site for certain specialist pieces of equipment.
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How we can help with WEEE collection and disposal
As specialists in the safe collection and processing of electrical and electronic waste, we can handle all of your disposal needs. It may be one-off collections or a programme of regular visits. We will work with you to understand your WEEE disposal needs and then organise everything for you.
Simply contact us to let us know what you have and we will arrange for suitable containers and licensed transport services. We will provide all duty of care waste notes and ensure any items of equipment that could have a new life are re-used, while recycling everything else to recover the raw materials that can be put to make new products.
WEEE waste is the fastest growing waste stream globally.
Much of what we label as WEEE ‘waste’ can be recycled or reused.
Recycling e-waste can save huge amounts of fossil fuels from being emitted into the environment as a result of making new pieces of equipment.
Most businesses produce WEEE waste in some of the categories defined by the regulations. As technology advances, so electrical and electronic equipment becomes obsolete and reaches the end of its natural life. A large amount of WEEE waste is also generated by consumers and households.
The WEEE regulations categorise a total of 14 different e-waste types. We collect and process all types of electrical and electronic waste. Typically for a UK business this might be:
Computer monitors and televisions.
Photocopiers and printers.
Computers, laptops, hard drives and servers.
Fridges and freezers.
Light bulbs and fluorescent light tubes.
We can also arrange to collect more bulky or specialist equipment such as solar panels, electric tools, alarms, temperature control equipment, and medical equipment.
We generate a lot of WEEE waste in the UK. According to Global E-Waste Monitor, a collaboration including multiple agencies, in 2019 the UK produced 1.6 million tonnes of WEEE waste.
The WEEE regulations also apply to manufacturers, sellers, and distributors of electrical and electronic equipment so that such products are designed to reduce material use and enhance their potential for reuse and recycling.
WEEE waste should be kept separate from other forms of waste. Storage must be weatherproof and not be conducted in such a way that hinders its potential to be reused or recycled.
By working in partnership, we can ensure every step of the WEEE waste cycle is handled for you – from storage to collection to disposal at an authorised treatment centre. We will ensure you maintain all relevant paperwork so that your business meets the requirements of the regulations and does its bit for the environment.