Why should we Recycle and Government’s initiative to reduce E-waste?
Every year the UK throws away around 2 million tonnes of WEEE. It is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the UK and the EU. The EU adopted the WEEE Directive to deal with this waste by making sure more waste is collected for treatment and recovery and less goes to landfill. It also ensures that valuable materials such as gold, silver and palladium can be recovered to be used again.
For manufacturers, importers, re-branders and distributors of EEE, EEE producer compliance schemes, treatment facilities and exporters of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
The Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Regulations 2006 aim to reduce the amount of WEEE being disposed of and require EEE producers to pay for its reuse, recycling and recovery. Our guidance note explains when EEE becomes WEEE and how WEEE should be handled and treated.