The WEEE Directive

People in the UK throw away millions of tonnes of electrical and electronic waste every year. Electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) plays an always increasing role in our daily lives. Our kitchen appliances and fittings, mobile phones and computers offer us many benefits during our working lives but when this equipment is thrown away it has a negative effect on our environment.

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is one of the fastest growing waste sectors in the UK. Some WEEE contains hazardous substances and parts such as mercury, lead solder, and cadmium in batteries. Recycling rates for most types of WEEE are very low.

The government states that WEEE regulations apply to the following 10 categories of electrical items:

✔Large Household Appliances 

- Washing machines, cookers

✔Small Household Appliances 

- Toasters, irons, hairdryers

✔IT and Telecommunications Equipment 

- PCs, copiers, phones, mobiles

✔Consumer Equipment
- TV's, videos, hi-fi

✔Lighting Equipment 

- Fluorescent lamps, but excludes filament light bulbs

✔Electrical and electronic tools, exception large-scale stationary industrial 

- Lawnmowers, sewing machines, drills

✔Toys, Leisure, and Sports Equipment 

- Video Games, bikes, computers, slot machines

✔Medical Devices, except Implanted and Infected Products

 - Ventilators, analysers

✔Monitoring and Control Instruments
- Smoke detectors, thermostats

✔Automatic Dispensers
- Drinks dispensers, chocolate dispensers, ATMs, and vending machines