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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE)
aims to minimise the impacts of electrical and electronic
equipment on the environment during their life times and when
they become waste by promoting separate collection. It applies
to a huge spectrum of products. It encourages and sets criteria
for the collection, disposal, treatment, recycling and recovery
of all redundant electrical and electronic equipment.
and electronic equipment (EEE) plays an ever-increasing role
in our daily lives. We have now come to rely on our electrical
appliances. These offer us many benefits but also some costs
to the environment as we are throwing away more and more of
this waste – in the UK the amount of electrical and
electronic waste increases each year by an estimated 80,000
a European-wide problem. Not enough Waste Electrical and Electronic
Equipment (WEEE) is being recycled. In response, the WEEE
Directive was agreed in 2003, along with the related Directive
on Restrictions of the use of certain Hazardous Substances
in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS). This seeks
to improve the way we manage the WEEE we produce and helps
to protect both human health and the environment. It sets
targets for collecting WEEE, new standards for the treatment
of WEEE and strict recycling and recovery targets to help
minimise its disposal.
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Waste Management
Licensing) (England and Wales) Regulations 2006 came into
force on 5 January 2007. These Regulations cover England and
Wales and deal with the site licensing and WEEE treatment
requirements of the WEEE Directive.
you use electrical and electronic equipment you must store,
collect, treat, recycle and dispose of WEEE separately from
your other waste.
must also obtain and keep proof that your WEEE was given to
a waste management company, and was treated and disposed of
in an environmentally sound way.
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations
2006 place responsibilities on users, producers and distributors
of electrical and electronic equipment.
When the 'Crossed out Wheelie Bin Symbol' is marked
on a product or packaging, it means that the product
should not be disposed of with your general household
waste. Only discard electrical/electronic items in separate
collection schemes, which cater for the recovery and
recycling of materials contained within. Your co-operation
is vital to ensure the success of these schemes and
for the protection of the environment.