The Commission of the European Communities proposed a Directive (in June 2000) on Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) that is designed to protect soil, water and air from pollution caused by the management of WEEE, to avoid the generation of waste and to reduce the harmfulness of WEEE. Further objectives are to preserve resources, especially energy and to create harmonisation of national measures across member states.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) is the European Community Directive (2012/19/EU) on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). The Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2013 became law in the UK on the 1st of January 2014 and replaced the 2006 Regulations.
Every year an estimated two million tonnes of WEEE items are discarded by householders and companies in the UK. WEEE includes most products that have a plug or need a battery. There are ten broad categories of WEEE currently outlined within the Regulations. These include:
- IT and telecommunications equipment – e.g. personal computers, copying equipment, telephones and pocket calculators
- Consumer equipment e.g. radios, televisions, hi-fi equipment, camcorders and musical instruments
- Lighting equipment e.g. straight and compact fluorescent tubes and high intensity discharge lamps
With the adoption of the WEEE directives, the disposal of redundant IT and computer equipment is an issue for all businesses in the UK. Businesses with old or redundant computers or other electronic equipment that is deemed to have components classed as hazardous waste by the WEEE rules, needs to use a recycling company which operates WEEE compliant disposal methods.
As an expert in IT recycling, Recycle IT 4U take environmental responsibilities very seriously. We are fully compliant with Duty of Care regulations.
Recycle IT 4U are fully licensed with the Environment Agency to collect IT and Telecommunications equipment covered by Category 3 of the WEEE directive, this includes: PCs, laptops, servers, UPSs, monitors, network equipment, printers, scanners, faxes, mobile phones, AV equipment, ancillary items and cables.