Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment ( WEEE )
The Waste Electrical or Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive requires countries to maximise separate collection and environmentally friendly processing of these items. In the UK, distributors (including retailers) must provide a system which allows all customers buying new electrical equipment the opportunity to recycle their old items free of charge. Those establishing their own take-back scheme must as a minimum offer all customers buying new electrical equipment free take back of their old electricals on a like-for-like basis.
Unwanted electrical equipment is the UKs fastest growing type of waste. Many electrical items can be repaired or recycled, saving natural resources and the environment. If you do not recycle, electrical equipment will end up in landfill where hazardous substances will leak out and cause soil and water contamination – harming wildlife and also human health.
To remind you that old electrical equipment can be recycled, it is now marked with a crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. Please do not throw any electrical equipment (including those marked with the crossed out wheeled bin symbol) in your bin.
Benefits of Recycling
Recycling our electrical appliances is one of the essential things we need to do to make our environment better. Lead and other toxic gases emitted from the burning of these products contaminate water and food which leads to fatal diseases. A number of electrical items including mobile phones, desktop PCs, laptops, etc. can be recycled easily.
Recycling saves our resources as well as minimising the environmental and health risks we are facing today. So why not recycle your electrical products and make our planet a better place for living.