Why We Do It
Disposal of WEEE and meaning of the wheeled bin symbol. In 2002 the European Union introduced the Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). The directive requires end-users to dispose of any WEEE separately. Electrical and Electronic Equipment is labelled with the following ‘crossed out wheeled bin’ symbol. WEEE waste may contain hazardous substances that should not end-up in the (human) environment and can have adverse effects if they do.
Furthermore, WEEE is a vast source of raw materials. With the ever rising worldwide demand for new equipment and the ever decreasing volume of natural raw materials, letting this potential source go to waste is unacceptable. If equipment is collected separately, the equipment can be recycled and up to 85 to 90% of the equipment can be re-used as new material saving the use of virgin raw materials and energy for producing these.
Computers contain many chemicals and materials that are hazardous to the environment. For this reason, throwing away computers and electronic equipment with regular waste is illegal in many parts of the world. In 2011, millions were fined as a result of improperly dumping hazardous waste, including e-waste.
Every year an estimated 2 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 WEEE Regulations, namely:
You must have a Waste exemption: T11 repairing or refurbishing waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) Which allows you to legally repair, refurbish or dismantle various types of WEEE so that the whole WEEE item or any dismantled parts can be reused for their original purpose or dismantled parts can be recovered. Having this exemption means you become ATF certified (Authorized Treatment Facility).
Most of the e-waste in the world, that isn’t processed through an ATF certified recycler, ends up in 3rd world countries. Many of these countries are not aware, or are incapable of addressing, the environmental issues caused by dumped e-waste.
In 3rd world countries that improperly process e-waste, chemicals often seep into water supplies. These water supplies become polluted which poisons the people and livestock that live near these dumpsites. In these countries precious metals are often ‘recovered’ by burning materials in open air fires which pollutes the air. Disposing of your electronics at a certified ATF recycler ensures your old laptop won’t end up in a landfill and cause environmental damage to your own community or any other community in the world.
This is why our Zero Waste to landfill policy is so important to us to stop pollution from landfill.
Having your electronics managed by a certified ATF recycler means that many your old computers’ working components will be reused. Reusing components greatly diminishes the time and energy required to turn out a single unit during the manufacturing process.
Throwing away your office’s old electronics into a skip leaves you extremely susceptible to information theft, even if you think you’ve deleted all your files on that broken computers, smartphones or laptops. Choosing a certified ATF recycler means your identity will be protected!
Employment is one of our main goals here at WeeeCharity. We take volunteers on work experience placements from local jobcentres and other volunteering organizations, who are unemployed, faced with disabilities or learning difficulties, to help equip them with key skills and knowledge about the recycling industry, to increase their work ethic and to get them back into full time employment.
Most of our members of staff came through the work experience placements and stayed on with WeeeCharity after the work experience placements because they enjoyed the working environment and saw that WeeeCharity is making a difference.
Job creation, specifically Green Job creation, is one of the wonderful bi-products of E-cycling. The skills required for many functions in the recycling industry means that E-Cycling centers can often create environmentally-friendly jobs in disadvantaged communities. Equipping people with skills in the industry means that there is more potential in creating more organizations in the recycling industry.
We gift monetary donations or goods, around the year, to other charitable foundations, community groups, outreach centers, PTA groups, children’s services and families in need locally and nationally.
There are just a few organizations we have supported schools across Warrington:
4,200 USB sticks to allow their students to do their homework and improve their education and also to help parents that might struggle to afford them.
We donated 150 Easter Eggs to three local community groups to help relive them financially this Easter.
Mid Orford Kids Activities who provide trips and events during the school holidays.
Mid Orford Saturday Socials who host a number of different nightly events like bingo and sowing etc.
Radley Common Community Centre who help support the elderly some are faced with dementia and Alzheimer who are extremely vulnerable by treating them to 3 meals a day a numerous activities to keep them busy.
We also cover the cost of rent every month for these community groups so that they can make the most of their work by not having to worry about the funds.
“More than 14 million people, including 4.5 million children, are living below the breadline, with more than half trapped in poverty for years, according to a new measure aimed at providing the most sophisticated analysis yet of material disadvantage in the UK.” – The Guardian 16.09.18
Our goal is to help relieve poverty from as many people and families that we can. We believe that poverty is one of the biggest problems around the world but it’s not as noticed here in the UK. Poverty covers a wide range of deprivational problems in our local communities it covers education, skills and training, health, mental health, income, employment, society, barriers to housing and services, crime, living environment. Which is why donating resources to charities and organizations that help tackle all of the above is so important to us.