What is WEEE Recycling and Why Is It so Important?
The recycling of WEEE is a rapidly growing enterprise, aimed to lessen the amount of harmful products dumped in landfills and negatively affecting the environment. It is estimated that 2 million tonnes of WEEE items are discarded from domestic and business abodes across the UK a year, a significant percentage of which can be recycled. At EnviroCraft, we’re committed to lowering the amount of harmful substances in the environment through our services of safely discarding or recycling as much hazardous waste as possible.
What is WEEE?
WEEE stands for Waste Electrical & Environmental Equipment. In broad terms, WEEE can be defined as most products that are battery or plug operated. WEEE can be broken down into the following categories:
- Large household appliances – cookers, microwaves, washing machines, dishwashers, etc.
- Small household appliances – vacuum cleaners, irons, toasters, clocks, etc.
- IT and telecommunications equipment – computers, telephones, calculators, etc.
- Consumer equipment – radios, musical instruments, cameras, etc.
- Lighting equipment
- Electrical tools
- Toys, leisure and sports equipment – games consoles, treadmills, etc.
- Medical equipment
- Monitoring and Control equipment – thermostats, smoke detectors, etc.
- Automatic dispensers – coffee machines, ATMS, etc.
- Display equipment – TV’s and monitors
- Cooling equipment – refrigeration equipment
- Gas discharge lamps
- PV solar panels
Why do I need to recycle WEEE?
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 water systems. This can lead to the toxins entering our food chain and ultimately, into us. Furthermore, it is the law that all businesses and government bodies across Europe must dispose of their electrical waste in the correct manner and failing to do so can result in a hefty £5,000 fine, or even imprisonment.
How do I safely dispose of my WEEE?
Most electrical waste consists of a multitude of materials, including metal, glass, plastic, precious metals, arsenic, lead and mercury. This complex and dangerous mix of components means that the recycling of WEEE poses a serious health risk to those involved and must be taken care of by fully trained professionals, such as EnviroCraft.
EnviroCraft are a registered Approved Authorised Treatment Facility and fully accredited WEEE recyclers, so you can rest assured that your electronic waste is in safe hands.
For safe, efficient and reliable WEEE collection and recycling across the UK and Europe, look no further than EnviroCraft. As part of EnviroCraft’s policy to deliver a zero-to-landfill situation, our dedicated team of specialists acquire all of your company’s waste recyclables and take care of them in an environmentally conscious way that adheres to WEEE regulations. Thanks to our fleet of services, EnviroCraft offers a flexible and efficient collection service, perfectly adapted to your business and timescale. Contact us here for more information on this service.