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What is WEEE recycling?

18 September 2019

WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and covers pretty much anything powered by a battery or plug. In the UK alone, it’s estimated that we throw 2million tonnes of WEEE away each year, wasting valuable materials, including plastic, glass and metals, that could otherwise be recycled and used in other products. As some WEEE products can contain dangerous substances, such as mercury and lead, only specialist waste processors can handle the disposal of WEEE products.

In February 2013, a new law was passed to replace old legislation which requires producers of non-domestic WEEE products to recover, reuse and recycle as much as possible to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. It also aims to reduce the use of hazardous substances in such products which will make them easier to recycle. 

What items are included in WEEE?

WEEE items sit under 10 categories that cover a broad range of items. The 10 categories are listed below along with some examples of relevant items: 

  • Large household appliances; fridges, washing machines, ovens
  • Small household appliances; vacuum cleaners, irons, microwaves
  • IT and telecommunication equipment; computers, calculators, telephones
  • Consumer equipment; radios, TV's, musical instruments
  • Lighting; fluorescent tubes
  • Electric tools; drills, saws, lawnmowers
  • Toys, leisure and sports equipment; games consoles, treadmills
  • Medical devices; cardiology equipment, medical freezers
  • Monitoring and control equipment; smoke detectors, thermostats
  • Automatic dispensers; ATMs, hot drink machines

How to dispose of your unwanted WEEE products

Due to the nature of WEEE products, it’s important they are disposed of properly to keep landfill waste to a minimum and to ensure any dangerous substances are dealt with safely. The best way to deal with domestic waste WEEE is to take the item(s) to your local household recycling centre or you can call W&S, a respected, family run recycling company with years of experience in the industry, to come and collect it for you. Most of our collections are free of charge but we do charge a small fee for smaller collections. We also offer a reliable and competitively priced collection and WEEE recycling service for commercial clients across mainland UK. 

To find out more about our domestic and commercial WEEE recycling services, please don’t hesitate to contact the W&S team today on 01202 675564

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