Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment – WEEE. Back in the early 90’s, the world’s nations came together for the Rio Earth Summit and decided that something needed to be done about some of the more difficult waste streams entering landfill sites and one of these waste streams was electrical and electronic equipment.
The UK now has legislation in place with the objective of diverting as much WEEE waste as possible to be reused or recycled. The regulations are known as
“The Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Regulations.”
Your responsibility as a business
When businesses produce waste they have a range of responsibilities. These include complying with the WEEE disposal regulations and complying with duty of care requirements.
Duty of care includes storing waste correctly, using a registered waste carrier and keeping a waste transfer note when waste leaves your business.
You must comply with the WEEE regulations if you:
- Manufacture, import or rebrand electrical or electronic equipment
- Distribute or sell electrical or electronic equipment
- Generate any waste electrical or electronic equipment
- Refurbish or repair waste electrical or electronic equipment
- Treat, recycle or recover any waste electrical or electronic equipment
Not sure what WEEE recycling or electrical recycling devises are? Below is a list of the most common WEEE disposal items thrown away in the office:
- Fax machine
- HP scanners
- Paper shredders
- Hard drives
Every time you replace one of your electronic devices, it’s your responsibility to be sure your old one gets recycled properly. Be a part of the solution. Help properly recycle as much e-waste as possible. You’ll make the Earth a better place, help stop digital data dumps, feel proud of your accomplishment, meet new friends, and maybe even make your wallet a little greener!
Do you need help with your electrical recycling? Contact us for more information.