WEEE Recycling: Legal Requirements

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When thinking about recycling individuals automatically think of paper, cardboard, glass and plastic. We rarely give a second thought to what will be happening to our white goods and general electrical appliances once we‘ve decided they will need to go down the tip.

The reality is Electrical equipment is the fastest growing category of rubbish across the European Union. This appears to create sense when you think about how much we rely on electronic and electrical goods to take pleasure in life and to function in our workplace in modern society. But it’s perhaps a little frightening, that according to statistics around 20kg per individual of electrical waste is developed each year. Annually, the UK now produces around 2 million tonnes of waste electrical equipment

The WEEE Recycling Directive

The WEEE recycling directive covers 3 major areas:

Under WEEE compliance, manufacturers and producers of electrical equipment will be expected to take into consideration environmentally friendly requirements at design stage. At the fundamental stage of production both manufacturers and importers will be responsible for ensuring they plan for their goods to be recycled instead of dumped in landfill. Where feasible this will also contain further production of existing products.



WEEE recycling regulations will require electrical equipment producers to finance treatment and recycling/recovery of separately collected WEEE inside the UK, to specified treatment standards and recycling/recovery targets.

The WEEE directive will mean that all shops and retailers are be required by law to supply take-back services to customers. Gone are the days whenever you had to ask your self - will they take my old cooker away?

What goods are covered in the WEEE compliance regulations?

Items and commodities covered inside the regulations are:

audiovisual and lighting equipment;

IT and telecommunications equipment;

medical devices;

electrical and electronic tools;

toys, leisure and sports equipment.

automatic dispensers;

household appliances

For further data about WEEE or joining complydirect compliance scheme visit: http://www.beseengogreen.eu

http://www.beseengogreen.eu/blog/weee-recycling-legal-requirements/


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