What is WEEE?

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Your electrical waste needs to be recycled. Introduced by the EU in 2002 to address the environmental impacts of unwanted electrical and electronic equipment at end-of-life disposal.


Electrics contain many hazardous materials which need to be disposed of in a responsible manner.


WEEE – Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

WEEE Recycling is end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment and covers virtually everything with a plug or battery. From smoke detectors to computers, WEEE includes products including;
• Household appliances (of any size)
• Medical Devices
• Toys / Leisure Equipment
• Lighting Equipment
• Consumer Equipment
• IT / Telecommunications Equipment
• Electrical / Electronic Tools
• Consumer Equipment
• Automatic Equipment


There are many different materials used within electrical equipment, some can be recycled, some are hazardous. Some of the harmful materials used in electrical equipment may harm the environment and therefore need to be discarded of in the right way.


It is estimated that every year, 2 million tonnes of WEEE items are disposed of by both businesses and households in the UK.
Large household appliances including ovens and fridges currently make up over 40% of WEEE, however other equipment such as computers, TVs and smaller household appliances inc. hairdryers, electrical tools, watches and medical devices contain a wide range of recyclable materials.


As a result of the variety of materials found in WEEE products, including metals, plastics and glass as well as hazardous materials, WEEE recycling poses a number of health risks, both to the environment and to people.


The way electrical items are recycled can vary according to the category of WEEE and technology used in it. Our WEEE disposal service is an important part of our business. We can safely dispose of and recycle old IT equipment including computers, VDUs and printers, as well as electronic hardware (TV’s DVDs) all in compliance with European Directives and UK legislation.


Find more information on how we dispose of WEEE products safely here.