WEEE is a huge spectrum of products from computers, printers and faxes, to washing machines, fridges and even fluorescent tubes. At least two million tonnes of WEEE from domestic and commercial sources is discarded in the UK every year. And this figure is growing. We need to take action now.
There are also 3 sub categories when WEEE 1-10 contains hazardous waste:
The WEEE Directive is European environmental legislation. It aims to address the environmental impacts of WEEE, and to encourage its separate collection, and subsequent treatment, re-use, recovery, recycling and environmentally sound disposal.
The RoHS Directive (the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment) came into force on 1st July 06. This Directive bans the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants. With the new regulations impacting on us all, we need to know our responsibilities with regards to the correct disposal of electronic equipment but often don’t know where to turn.
WEEE – Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment – Electrical equipment requiring disposal
EEE – Electrical Electronic Equipment – Electrical equipment in use
PCS – Producer Compliance Scheme – Organisation meeting producers responsibilities
Producer – An organisation manufacturing, distributing, re-branding or importing EEE
Historical WEEE – EEE requiring disposal which was purchased before 13th August 2005
Household WEEE – EEE sold post 13th August 2005 to a consumer
Non Household WEEE – EEE sold post 13th August 2005 to a Business, Organisation or Institution
B2B – Business 2 Business – Businesses selling EEE where the end user will be a Business, Organisation or Institution
B2C – Business 2 Consumer – Businesses selling EEE where the end user will be a consumers
DCF – Designated Collection Facility – A collection point for the removal of WEEE
AATF – Approved Authorised Treatment Facility – A recycling plant/process accredited by the Environment Agency
ERMS – Electronic Recycling Management System – Web based tracker system for EEE from purchase to destruction
WEEE Streaming – The segregation of WEEE items prior to collection