The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations came into force in January 2007 and aim to reduce the amount of this waste going to landfill and improve recovery and recycling rates.
Electrical and electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the UK. Around 1 million tonnes are generated every year.
So what items are included?
Items such as kitchen appliances, mobile phones, computers, TV’s, electrical and electronic tools can all be either recycled or reused.
Did you know?
* On average, each person in the UK buys three new electrical
items each year or 173 million nationally.
* For every 7kg of small electricals bought last year - the average amount per person - only a fraction (1.3kg) was sent to be recycled
* There’s no need to bin items – you can drop them off at your local recycling centre. Recycle Now has a handy postcode locator to find your nearest recycling centre that accepts waste electricals.
* Recycling electricals is environmentally friendly – unwanted electricals and electronics can be recycled and contain really valuable raw materials. For example, one iron contains enough steel to produce 13 steel cans.
* Some retailers offer free recycling schemes or take back options. Ask your local retailer for more information.