Waste Management

The problem with WEEE Disposal

A common problem in Waste Management is Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). It’s common knowledge that you’re simply not supposed to put your WEEE in the general waste bin, but many don’t know what their options are for disposing of WEEE.

Environmental Problems

So why can’t you put your WEEE in a general waste bin? Electronics are made with heavy metals bad and can be bad for the environment if simply thrown away. As a country, we are behind on WEEE targets. Even to the point that and Defra lowered the expected WEEE disposal target back in March 2018.

Solving this environmental problem is an opportunity

What’s more, electronic products have tremendous use in recyclable materials. Even if your office’s old kettle doesn’t work any more or your work fridge looks crummy, the heavy metals and plastics can be used to make newer products.

It takes a lot of energy to produce Lead, Mercury, Cadmium and Beryllium for electronics. With the increasing use of electronic equipment, recycling WEEE products is crucially important for protecting the environment.

3 reasons to recycle WEEE

So where do you recycle your commercial kitchen’s 6 microwaves? There are lots of places to recycle electrical goods, it’s usually just a case of knowing how to find them.

If you’ve recently replaced your electronics

If you bought new microwaves to replace old ones, you can simply ask the shop to take away your old ones. Every company that supplies electrical good needs to provide customers with a way to recycle their electronics. This simple exchange of old for new is a very convenient way to recycle WEEE.

If you regularly create WEEE

If you have regular electronic waste, your Local authority can help. According to GOV.UK, waste sites and waste transfer stations can accept business electrical waste. There may or may not be a charge for this, depending on your Local Authority’s policy. You can find your local applicable authority here.

If you’re moving site

If it’s a one off move, our partner company CollectEco can help. They provide waste collection, but with a difference. Collecteco work with businesses to donate reusable furniture, equipment and materials to good causes, like charities and schools. Check out their site for more information.

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