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 tonnes.
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.
also obtain and keep proof that your WEEE was given to a waste
management company, and was treated and disposed of in an environmentally
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations
2006 place responsibilities on users, producers and distributors
of electrical and electronic equipment.
'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.