If you are considering disposing of any electrical appliances it is important that you bear the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive in mind. Read over our summary of the directive to gain a deeper understanding of what is involved.
With the WEEE directive in place the amount of electrical waste in landfill will ultimately be reduced. WEEE regulations may require the Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) to make changes to its product cycle. These changes consist of product design to simplify deconstruction and the recycling process.
WEEE disposal system
- WEEE collection points and processing systems
- The WEEE scheme entails involvement from local and national government, EEE manufacturers, vendors, distributors and consumers.
- Allows consumer to dispose of WEEE into a separate area to other waste which can then be processed and reported to the National Enforcement Authority.
In order to comply with WEEE regulations, producers will need to join a Producer Compliance Scheme. The scheme will link producers and environmental agencies to a number of services which will enable WEEE to be implemented correctly. Any new EEE that is distributed will need to be marked up with the correct information to comply with correct disposal from the end user.
The WEEEE directive is split into product categories, to get a good idea whether the electrical appliance you are looking to dispose of complies with WEEE regulations, take a look at this extensive category list.
It is estimated that around 2 million tonnes of WEEE items are disposed of by householders and companies within the UK. A sign of a product that fits under the WEEE directive will generally be if it is powered by a plug or battery. Large electrical appliances such as ovens and fridges make up over 40% of WEEE, smaller appliances such as hairdryers and kettles also make up a large proportion of WEEE.
The newest WEEE directive was entered into force on 13 August 2012 which became effective from 14 February 2014.
When you are looking to renew your electrical appliance, double check that it is within WEEE compliance to do your bit to reduce waste in landfill.