1 What is WEEE?
WEEE is waste electrical and electronic equipment. It is end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment and covers virtually everything with a plug or battery. It is classed as either household or non-household WEEE.
2 Why is WEEE recycling needed?
All electrical waste contains chemicals that are harmful to the environment, in turn these products can cause major environmental issues if they are not treated responsibly.
3 How much WEEE is reported in landfill annually?
There was 589,851 Tonnes of Electrical Waste Collected from Jan –Dec 2016. This is the same weight of the world’s largest ship that measures 444m long and 74 meters wide. The hull of the Prelude FLNG is longer than the Empire State Building.
4 EnvironmentalI impact
255,807 tonnes of WEEE is shipped out of the UK in 2016. To ship this from London to Hong Kong you would use 100.8 Gallons of fuel, cover 34,286 miles and it would take 2 months to do 2 trips. This is why we aim to keep everything in the UK.
5 What is classed as Hazardous Waste in the WEEE Recycling Industry?
Printer toner cartridges, fluorescent tubes, light bulbs, household and car batteries and discarded electrical equipment such as TVs and computer monitors, fridges and freezers.
6 Why is it important to recycle responsibly?
Computers, computer accessories and TVs contain a complex mix of materials, components and substances. Once dismantled, some of these such as mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium, chlorine, bromine and phosphors are classed hazardous.
If we allow our e-waste to go into landfill, over time these toxic substances and materials can leak into the soil and impact on the local environment.
The recycling process also includes manual disassembly of products or mechanical shredding and chemical processes to separate materials. These processes can, if poorly managed, release these hazardous substances into the environment and endanger the health of workers.
WeeeCharity provides training, safety equipment and supervision in health, safety and environmental risks and appropriate procedures to workers and volunteers at our site.