WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, this is the waste generated from disposing of electrical equipment. WEEE has 13 categories of electrical waste which can include anything from PCs, laptops, mobile phones and many other types of electrical equipment. Currently the UK and European Regulations have been put into place to reduce the amount of electrical waste from being disposed in landfill.
Does this affect my business?
The WEEE regulations requires businesses to take responsibility for the electrical waste they produce and to minimise the amount of impact on the environment.
Depending on your business you may be affected by the WEEE regulations as a 'producer' or a 'distributer' of electrical and electronic waste. Your company will be a producer if it manufactures, imports, or re-brands electrical or electronic equipment. Distributers are usually companies who provide electronic goods to household end-users; these usually include shops internet sellers telesales companies etc. These companies are usually referred to as 'retailers' in the WEEE regulations.
As a business (producer or distributer) you are legally required to collect and dispose your waste electrical equipment in a responsible manner; i.e. it must be re-used or recycled by the appropriate authorities. As well as disposing of the equipment you are also required to provide full documentation to show that you have legally disposed of the equipment.
The services we provide allow us to take this responsibility on your behalf; we collect and recycle of your equipment responsibly. We also provide documentation (in the form of a Duty of Care Waste Transfer Note and Hazardous Waste Consignment Note) which proves that you have legally had your waste collected and recycled through an authorised treatment facility.
In 2002, the Landfill (England and Wales) Regulations came into force to reduce the amount of impact landfill disposal has on the environment. Due to this regulation, your business may be prohibited from disposing certain hazardous wastes to landfills without treatment.
We are here to ensure that these regulations are met. All the products we collect are either recycled or re-used. Re-use allows us to extend the product's life which in turn has a positive impact on the environment.
If your organisation has redundant electrical equipment you are a Waste Producer under the environmental laws. This means you must dispose of your equipment through a Registered Waste Carrier. Any organisation which carries your waste must hold the appropriate licences. If the organisation which collects your waste aren't approved waste carriers then you can be held liable for disposing of your Electrical waste illegally.