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Did you know that each year, between 20 to 50 million tons of electrical waste is disposed of across the world?
The world we now live in is influenced by a digital culture whereby technology is advancing at such a rapid speed; new products and innovative upgrades are no longer an uncommon occurrence and have become part of our everyday life. All of this has made it far easier and acceptable to replace existing electronic equipment with the newest model to keep up with current trends.
E-waste is becoming one of the fastest expanding waste networks in this day and age, which is where WEEE recycling comes in.
What is WEEE recycling?
WEEE stands for Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment and it was a directive set up to deal with and reduce the amount of electrical products and equipment that end up as waste.
With only a minute percentage of this type of waste actually being recycled, the initiative looks to target businesses that manufacture, import or distribute these types of EEE products and ensure they comply with regulations.
How do I know if I am an EEE business?
If you operate within the UK and are any of the following, you will be classed as an EEE producer business and will need to comply with the scheme:
• Importer of electronic and electrical equipment
• Manufacturer of electronic and electrical equipment
• Re-brander of electronic and electrical equipment
Retailers who stock and sell electrical goods will be classed as distributors under the act and will need to follow specific guidelines.
What does it mean for my business
As a producer of electrical products, you have a responsibility to follow the regulations set out no matter the size of your organisation.
The WEEE initiative provides businesses with guidance and advice to help decipher when an electrical product is classed as waste and when it is not. This will help to encourage and change the thought process within businesses and minimise the amount of waste being thrown away.
Regulations are set up now to ensure the waste is dealt with in the correct manner and will not harm the environment, this means a change for businesses in terms of procedures, processes as well as culture. However, this legislation will ultimately help to make businesses become greener to reduce their EEE waste.
If you feel your business falls within these categories, please visit the environmental agency online for further information on this legislation.
This post has been contributed by Enviro Waste, a leading rubbish removal company who is putting the environment at the heart of its activities.