Recycling and WEEE Legislation
The EC along with National Governments have set an agenda for better methods of
reclamation, recycling and disposal of electronic waste, as well as sustainable product development and public awareness.
To meet this need, new directives from the EC have been formally adopted as European Law, first is the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE directive) and its sister directive the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS). Further the landfill directive was introduced in June 2002 and focuses on reducing the impact of municipal waste going to landfill.
The directive covers 10 categories of electronic and electrical equipment and includes collection and recycling targets, ruling that producers should be responsible for financing the treatment of their own products, as well as stipulating that WEEE is collected separately and not mixed with unsorted municipal waste. Accurate data management is also required to show recycling targets are being met.
Television and Monitor recycling
Electric Meter Battery Removal
Gas Meter Battery Removal
IT Equipment Recycling
Mobile Cell Phone Recycling
Industrial Transformer Recycling
Printed Circuit Board Recycling
Electric Meter Recycling
Gas Meter Recycling
1. Large household electrical appliance disposal
2. Small household electrical appliances disposal
3. IT & Telecommunications equipment recycling
4. Consumer electrical and electronic equipment disposal
5. Lighting Equipment disposal
6. Electrical & electronic tools disposal
7. Toys, leisure and sports equipment disposal
8. Medical devices recycling
9. Monitoring and control equipment disposal
10. Automatic dispensers disposal
This directive restricts the use of heavy metals and toxic flame retardants in electrical and electronic equipment and goods and will ban lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and poly-brominated biphenyls (PBBs) flame retardants in new products.
This directive has reclassified landfill sites as inert, hazardous or non-hazardous, and bans liquids and certain materials altogether. To supplement this the European Waste catalogue has extended the range of materials classified as hazardous and will stipulate stringent pre-treatment.
WEEE Regulations came into force on 2 January 2007
Producers have to join a compliance scheme by 15 March 2007
Producers have to mark electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) by 1 April 2007
Full responsibility for treating and recycling household WEEE begins on 1 July 2007
The UK Regulations implementing the WEEE Directive
were laid before Parliament on 12 December 2006 and
enter into force on 2 January 2007.
CSS Recycling are a leading processor of electrical waste in the UK and are a viable alternative to landfill. We are continually working with manufacturers, local authorities and processors to further develop and implement sustainable collection and recycling objectives.
The WEEE Directive is European enviromental legialation. It is one of a small number of European Directives which implement the principle of “extended producer responsibility”. Under this principle producers are required to take responsibility for the enviromental impact of their products, especially when they become waste. The WEEE Directive applies this in relation to electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).