WEEE waste is Waste Electronic and Electrical waste. These are items including everything from household appliances and IT equipment to medical equipment and tools. Fridges, monitors, TVs, air conditioning units and many more common items are WEEE waste. Normally, if it has a plug, it is likely to fall under the WEEE regulations and require a non-general waste disposal route.
Dependent on the chemicals your WEEE contains, it could be hazardous, and professional advice to ensure you correctly dispose of these items is essential.
If mismanaged, WEEE waste may cause a great deal of harm to human health and the environment. Not only this, but it is also unlawful to not dispose of it in a compliant manner.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive governs WEEE waste. This is the European Community Directive 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment that, together with the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU, became European Law in February 2003. It placed WEEE into ten categories, with the aim of recycling at least 85% of WEEE by 2016. This came into UK law in 2005.
Under the Hazardous Waste Regulations (2005), the penalties for not managing waste correctly include heavy fines and imprisonment. So, having a clear plan in place for managing WEEE waste removes the risk of fires, fines or legal proceedings.
Using the correct containers to store WEEE waste, obtaining the right paperwork and using a licensed waste carrier are all ways to ensure compliant disposal of WEEE waste.