WEEE stands for ‘Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment’, which is practically any household or non-household end-of-life equipment that has a battery or plug.
As technology develops and advances every day, our appliances and devices get outdated very quickly and with newer versions continuously available, the old ones get chucked and sent to the landfill. However, this kind of waste in landfill sites not only takes up lots of space, but electrical and electronic items also release harmful toxins into water and into the air, causing massively negative effects on the environmental. So in 2002, these environmental issues caused by electrical and electronic waste was addressed, and the WEEE Directive was introduced.
WEEE Regulations and Compliance
WEEE Regulations affect nearly all businesses, so you must make sure that you understand your responsibilities.
You must be compliant with the WEEE Regulations if you are a business who deals with:
- Distributing / selling / importing / manufacturing any electrical or electronic equipment (EEE)
- repairing or refurbishing WEEE
- treating, reprocessing, recovering or recycling WEEE
- producing any WEEE
The WEEE regulations also apply to:
All producers regardless of their size. You are a producer if you are:
- manufacturing and selling EEE under your own brand
- reselling rebranded EEE products (products made by another supplier under your own brand)
- importing / exporting EEE into the UK or into any European Union member state on a professional basis
All distributors. You are a distributor if you sell electrical or electronic equipment (EEE) for household use, including selling products through:
- Retail / wholesale outlets
- the internet
- TV shopping channels
- Any other distance-selling systems
How does WEEE recycling work?
WEEE has many different types of electrical and electronic items, most household appliances fall within this bracket, as well as monitoring equipment, toys and medical devices.
Most businesses have a few electrical items that are regularly discarded and replaced, the most common and constant being:
- Desktop computers and monitors
- Keyboards and Mice
- Phones (landline phones, conference phones & mobile phones)
- Printers and Scanners
With the WEEE directive in place, businesses must now offer their customers an option which allows them to recycle their old electronic items after purchasing a new one – this being either a collection service or providing details for a drop off point.
If you have a variety of electrical/electronic items that you need to get rid of all at the same time, then a reputable waste disposal company is the best way to dispose of them. Here at Stone we can collect your items free of charge*, in a secure and environmentally friendly way. You can book your collection here, and we’ll handle the whole process, from start to finish, with complete traceability along the way.
*Free collections when meeting requirements.
Why is WEEE important?
Each year, approximately 2 million tonnes of WEEE items are scrapped, all of these being easily recyclable. Made up of many harmful materials, electronic devices in landfills will seriously damage the environment, contaminating surrounding areas and living species, as well as taking up a lot of unnecessary space.
Securing data has always been important, but due to GDPR regulations, the safety of data is now crucial – it’s illegal to send your IT equipment to landfill and haven’t followed the strict WEEE guidelines, and you’ll be hit with a massive fine. By recycling your equipment with a professional and reliable IT disposal centre such as ourselves, you can have confidence that your data has been completely destroyed.
To read more into the importance of recycling, see our page: ‘6 Benefits of Recycling Your Old IT Equipment’.
Here at Stone, our award-winning, WEEE compliant recycling facility ensures that your end-of-life IT assets are recycled securely and in the most environmentally friendly way possible. If you would like to recycle your IT assets with Stone or would like to find out more information about our IT recycling services, please get in touch with a member of our dedicated team, who will be happy to help.