Managing Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

RJS Waste Management will take care of your WEEE recycling strategies and provide effective collection, storage and disposal procedures with full WEEE compliance.

WEEE Collection, Recycling and Destruction Services

RJS Waste Management UK will work with you to develop a Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling strategy suited to your organisation. Whether you are just starting out in business, you are moving to a new location or you are planning an office clearance, we offer the professional and compliant WEEE waste services you need.

Using our expert hazardous waste knowledge, we can conduct a site audit and relevant information will be used to set out your WEEE collection and WEEE disposal procedures. On the day of collection, we will provide you with a duty of care transfer note and a hazardous waste consignment note.

What is WEEE?

Each year in the UK, there is around 2 million tonnes of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. These come from businesses and households and include most products with a plug or battery as a power source, such as:

  • IT and telecoms equipment – CRT monitors, laptops, hard drives, keyboards, disk drives, servers, cables, motherboards, smartphones, tablets, printers, photocopiers and telephones
  • Household and office appliances – fridges, freezers, washing machines, microwaves, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, clocks, toasters, electric fans, electric radiators, hot drinks dispensers and air conditioning appliances
  • Consumer equipment – televisions, DVD players, radios and musical instruments
  • Electronic and electrical tools – drills, sewing machines and lawnmowers
  • Monitoring and control equipment – smoke detectors and heating regulators
  • Lightingfluorescent lighting, tubes and bulbs
  • Toys and leisure equipment – games consoles, electric trains and running machines
  • Medical devices – medical freezers, cardiology equipment and dialysis machines
Examples of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

During processing, WEEE is usually made up of different materials such as metals and glass and chemicals like mercury, lead and phosphorous. According to the Health and Safety Executive: “As a result of this complex mix of product types and materials, some of which are hazardous (including arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury and certain flame retardants) WEEE recycling poses a number of health risks that need to be adequately managed”.

RJS Waste Management is committed to recycling WEEE waste wherever possible and can handle the equipment mentioned above and more. You can find more examples of WEEE waste on the HSE website here.

WEEE and data Security

In line with the Data Protection Act, the correct recycling or disposal of redundant IT equipment, and the sensitive information that a hard drive may hold, is a concern for every business. We will provide a data destruction certificate for any hard drives that are collected. We can even offer a premium “witness the burn” service, should your industry require proof of safe data destruction. You can find out more about our data destruction services here.

Increasing levels of WEEE

WEEE is in the top five growing waste streams within the UK. WEEE disposal is set to rise substantially within the next decade due to:

  • Higher consumer demand

  • Advances in technology

  • Lower priced products

WEEE regulations and the WEEE environmental initiative

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE Directive) was introduced to UK law in January 2007 as the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Regulations 2007 and updated in 2013 as the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Regulations 2013.

The main aim of the WEEE Directive is to encourage the recycling and reuse of electrical and electronic waste and, by doing this, it hopes to reduce the amount that is produced. WEEE contains significant amounts of precious metals and halogenated substances. By recycling and reusing these, we can significantly reduce the extraction of new raw materials and the impact on the environment.

For more information on WEEE recycling or to request a quote for our WEEE regulation-compliant waste management services please contact us on 01243 213273.