The EC introduced the WEEE Directive in 2002, to address the environmental impact of WEEE. The objective of the directive is to promote recycling, minimise waste and stimulate more environmentally friendly products.
In the UK the WEEE Directive has been made national law by Statutory Instrument 3289: The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006, this became law on 2nd January 2007. As a business we take responsibility for making sure old telecoms and IT equipment does not end up in landfill sites. In order to do this, besides our Phone Recycling service, we have put an environmental policy in place.
What is the WEEE Directive?
The WEEE Directive requires the: collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of WEEE. This applies to a broad range of electronics and electrical products, including telecoms and IT. Under the WEEE Regulations, you can not just throw away your old and unwanted electrical hardware and devices.
Manufacturers and importers are responsible for covering the cost of collection, treatment and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment. All affected producers and distributors of electrical and electronic equipment must comply.
What is WEEE?
WEEE is Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. It is end of life electrical and electronic devices, and covers almost everything with a plug or battery. WEEE is classed as either ‘household WEEE’ or ‘non-household WEEE’.
The WEEE Directive covers the following types of electrical equipment:
- IT and Telecom Hardware
- Large Household Appliances
- Small Household Appliances
- Consumer Electronics
- Lighting Equipment
- Toys, Leisure and Sports Kit
- Medical Devices
- Monitor and Control Devices
- Automatic Dispensers