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WEEE Directive

WEEE Waste Categories

WEEE stands for Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment, and since 2013 there have been strict regulations in place to regulate the disposal of electrical products in the UK.

Electrical waste contains chemicals that are damaging to the environment. When WEEE is dumped in landfills, over time the products leak toxins into the earth and our water systems.

In the UK businesses are required to:

  • Minimise waste arising from your electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) products and promote their reuse
  • Ensure the waste products are treated correctly and meet recovery and recycling targets for the waste materials
  • Design products by reducing material use and enhancing reusability and recyclability

Most businesses produce WEEE waste in some or all of the different WEEE categories outlined in the WEEE regulations, and at ISM Waste & Recycling we are here to help. We can provide your business with solutions to comply with WEEE waste legislation to overcome the financial impact of your waste and improve green credentials.

Category 1: Large Household Appliances

Large household electrical appliances are found in both commercial and domestic waste settings. Large household appliances include washing machines, dishwashers, electric cookers, microwaves, electric heaters, air conditioning appliances, fridges and freezers.

Category 2: Small Household Appliances

Small household electrical appliances include many everyday household items, including irons, toasters, coffee machines, vacuum cleaners, clocks, watches and shaving and body care appliances.

Category 3: IT and Telecommunications Equipment

The vast majority of WEEE products that are in category three are usually found in business settings and offices. Some examples of category 3 WEEE include PCs, Apple Macs, laptops, printers, telephones and answering machines.

Category 4: Consumer Equipment

Category 4 WEEE includes common consumer equipment and products including consumer radios, televisions, video cameras, amplifiers and musical instruments.

Category 5: Lighting Equipment

Category 5 lighting equipment includes a variety of different types of lights. Category 5 includes mostly lighting equipment found in industrial and commercial buildings including fluorescent light tubes, high-intensity discharge lamps, low-pressure sodium lamps and other types of lighting except for the conventional filament bulb.

Category 6: Electrical and Electronic Tools

Electrical tools in category 6 include a broad range of tools used by tradespeople except for large scale industrial tools. Examples of Category 6 WEEE include drills, saws, sewing machines, tools for welding, equipment for milling, sanding sawing and grinding and tools for gardening.

Category 7: Toys, Leisure and Sports Equipment

Toys, leisure and sports equipment includes video games, sports equipment with electric components, coin slot machines, handheld game consoles and children's toys with either a battery or a plug.

Category 8: Medical Devices

Category 8 covers electrical medical equipment but excluded all implanted and infected electrical medical waste. Examples of devices that are in Category 8 include radiotherapy equipment, cardiology, lab equipment, dialysis, ventilators and other monitoring equipment.

Category 9: Monitoring and Control Equipment

Monitoring and control instruments include smoke detectors, heating regulators, thermostats and other industrial electrical instruments and laboratory equipment.

Category 10: Automatic Dispensers

Automatic dispensers cover a wide range of uses and purposes. Electrical dispensers in category 10 include dispensers for hot drinks, cold drinks, cans, money and other appliances that deliver automatically.

Wheelie Bins

Ideal for regularly scheduled collections of WEEE

Large Wheelie Bins

Skips and REL Skips

Ideal for less regular or one-off WEEE waste recycling

Skips and REL skips

Roll on/off Containers

For the collection of large amounts of WEEE waste

Roll on roll off container

Why is WEEE Waste Different to Other Types of Waste?

At ISM Waste & Recycling, we understand that looking after the environment is very important. Waste electrical products can have terrible, damaging effects on the environment, and you can not dispose of WEEE in landfill sites. This is because of toxic materials contained in e-waste, such as lead, mercury and cadmium can contaminate soil and water supplies.

Safe disposal and recycling solutions vary depending on the type of e-waste, but generally, WEEE products will be dismantled for recycling and, where possible, reused.

What are the Rules for Businesses?

The WEEE directive states that all businesses that sell electronic or electrical equipment must provide customers with a solution to dispose of their old products and devices when selling them a newer one. This can be done in one of two ways:

  • By offering a free, in-store take-back service for customers where they can dispose of their old items
  • Or creating another free take-back service that customers can use

These regulations apply whether you sell the items in a shop, on the phone, online or by mail order. Large amounts of WEEE waste can build up quickly because of these rules. That's where we come in; we can ensure that you have a hassle-free solution for collecting used electrical products.

How Do You Have WEEE Waste Collected?

We have plenty of experience in providing bespoke waste management solutions. At ISM Waste & Recycling, we offer a thorough audit of your waste streams to guarantee the perfect solution for dealing will WEEE waste.

All businesses produce WEEE waste, and the amounts and types of electrical products can vary greatly. We are dedicated to providing the most convenient solution for your business whatever waste you produce. We provide the containers required containers to hold your WEEE waste safely, and collections are flexible with either a schedule or on a request basis. We arrange WEEE collections at a time that suits you.

Maxi skip hire for WEEE recycling
Recyclable WEEE waste products including computers, monitors, keyboards and printers

What E-Waste Can Be Recycled?

The good news is that pretty much all WEEE or electrical waste items can be recycled to some degree. If a product has a battery or a plug, then it can be recycled. So your computers, old mobile phones, power tools, televisions, radios and many more items can be recycled. Devices in all of the different WEEE categories can be recycled.

ISM Waste & Recycling can supply your business with special e-waste bins for discarded electrical items, whatever your company's specific needs are. You can rest assured that all your electrical waste will be recycled correctly in line with the WEEE regulations.

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