A guide to WEEE recycling and Electric waste
What is WEEE recycling?
WEEE stands for Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment. Since 2013, strict regulations have been in place in the UK governing WEEE waste disposal.
What are the different types of WEEE waste?
Put simply, the waste electrical and electronic equipment regulations 2013 include the vast majority of business or household products which use a plug or battery. The regulations outline 10 main categories of product, which are as follows:
• Large household appliances, for example, washing machines, dishwashers, cookers, microwaves, fridges and freezers
• Small household appliances, for example, irons, toasters, clocks and vacuum cleaners
• Lighting equipment, for example, high-intensity discharge lamps, and straight and compact fluorescent tubes
• Electrical and electronic tools, for example, saws, drills, electronic lawnmowers and sewing machines
• Toys, leisure and sports equipment, for example, games consoles, electric trains and running machines
• IT and telecommunications equipment, for example, laptops and personal computers, telephones, pocket calculators and copying equipment
• Consumer equipment, for example, stereos, radios, televisions, video cameras and musical instruments, batteries
• Automatic dispensers, for example, money dispensers and hot drink dispensers
• Monitoring and control equipment, for example, thermostats, heating regulators and smoke detectors
• Medical devices, for example, analysers, medical freezers, cardiology equipment and (non-infected) dialysis machines
Can I take e-waste and WEEE items to landfill?
No. All e-waste is considered too dangerous to be taken to a landfill site. This is because toxic materials contained in e-waste, such as lead, mercury and cadmium, has a tendency to leak into the soil when disposed of in this manner, harming ecosystems and potentially polluting water supplies. Instead, e-waste disposal has to be taken care of in a specialised way. This varies depending on the type of waste but generally means that e-waste will be dismantled and, where possible, reused.
What are the rules for businesses and WEEE disposal and e-waste disposal?
According to the WEEE waste directive, all businesses that sell electronic or electrical equipment must supply customers with a way to dispose of their old version when selling them a newer one.
This has to be done in one of two ways:
1. By offering a free, in-store take-back service for customers where they can dispose of their old items
2. Or creating another free take-back service that customers can use
These regulations apply whether you sell the items in a shop, on the phone, online or by mail order.
How can we help you?
Business Waste Ltd specialises in safe e-waste collections in compliance with the WEEE directive. Whatever your WEEE disposal needs, we can help you to take care of them anywhere in the UK. All businesses have to deal with WEEE disposal, and we are dedicated to making it as convenient as possible for you.
Our e-waste collections services can pick up and safely and legally dispose of any kind of business waste at the lowest prices in Britain.
We’re also fully aware of the demands of modern business, that’s why you can call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Contact us for a free quote, and we’ll give you an answer within the hour.
What e-waste can be recycled?
Pretty much all WEEE or e-waste items can be recycled to some extent.
If your item uses a plug, charger or batteries, then it can be recycled. If it carries the WEEE wheelie bin logo (a black symbol denoting a crossed-out wheelie bin put in place by the European Union), then it can also be recycled. This means it is possible to recycle electronics and to recycle computers.
Business Waste Ltd can supply your business with special e-waste bins for discarded electrical items, whatever your company’s unique needs are. We will then arrange regular e-waste/WEEE collections of these e-waste bins at a time that suits you.
How do I dispose of computers and laptops?
When it comes to WEEE disposal, IT recycling can be one of the biggest problems for both businesses and private households. Computers contain a host of hazardous chemicals and materials, including lead, mercury, chromium, beryllium and cadmium.
If your old computer can’t be re-homed or is damaged beyond repair, then you need to look into computer disposal. This can be difficult, however, as only approved centres can recycle computers.
Fortunately, Business Waste Ltd as an approved WEEE recycling company can take care of computer disposal for your business as well. Our e-waste collections service will pick up your old PCs and laptops and make sure they’re delivered to approved recycling centres.
What are the other types of electrical waste?
Batteries are everywhere; fortunately, Business Waste Ltd can help with battery recycling. We can provide special e-waste bins just for batteries, which is ideal if your company uses a lot of electrical devices.
All single-use batteries contain a number of materials that can be recycled. That means AAA and AA batteries, button batteries (e.g for a watch), mobile phone batteries, laptop and power tool batteries.
Does your company use large appliances such as fridges or washing machines, for example? Business Waste Ltd can help. As well as our free e-waste bins, we also offer skips for larger e-waste/WEEE collections. Or, we can arrange special e-waste collections to take large items. As always, we’ll make sure your e-waste is disposed of in the safest, cleanest way possible.
Does my business produce e-waste?
Although certain industries produce more WEEE and e-waste than others, almost all businesses now have WEEE disposal needs of some kind.
The waste electrical and electronic equipment regulations 2013 mean it is more important than ever that businesses find practical, inexpensive and effective e-waste solutions. Business Waste Ltd offers a host of flexible e-waste collection and e-waste disposal options, and can even provide legal advice so your company is certain it is disposing of e-waste in the cleanest, safest and fairest way possible.
Every year an estimated two million tonnes of WEEE products are disposed of. Any product that uses a battery or plug is usually a WEEE item that can be recycled by the right team of waste providers. Our trained waste management professionals can provide you with a designated collection facility (DCF) for the WEEE that your business and your customers produce.
Using the latest technology our WEEE recycling involves separating and dismantling the items, ensuring that any parts that can be recycled are separated. We then send the recycled components to various industries to be reprocessed or reused directly; providing you with the peace of mind that your organisation is fully compliant with the WEEE regulations.
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As a leading waste management company, we have a network across the country. Our local waste transport teams can provide your organisation with all types of recycling bins, including those large enough to hold WEEE items. Wherever you are based in the UK, we have a team of waste management providers local to you.
No matter how large or small your organisation is, our providers offer the very best WEEE recycling collection and disposal service, nationwide. Depending on your requirements, we can offer a daily, weekly or monthly collection service for your WEEE items.
To discuss the many options we have for WEEE recycling, contact our helpful customer care team today for more information. We can provide you with a competitive quote