Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive is a system for waste for electrical and electronic equipment.  The directive has set rules for recycling, collection and recovery of all kinds of WEEE waste. It also gives waste disposal responsibility to the manufacturers of electronic equipment.  This directive has member states of UK into it.

WEEE waste rules are against the use of hazardous materials in electronic equipment.  This helps to enhance collection and recycling of electronic equipment.  These rules allow creation of programs where customers can directly return their used electric gadgets for free. The objective is to increase recycling efforts and be able to reuse these electronic products.  This WEEE waste directive also accepts heavy metals such as chromium, cadmium, mercury and leads to mention but a few. Flame retardant materials such as PBB and PBDE are changed to safer products.

In spite of rules and regulations on collection and recycling electronic waste, a small portion of the waste usually goes through proper treatment. Most of the WEEE waste is used for illegal trading to countries outside UK.  It is also good to know that a lot of WEEE waste is also dumped at landfills within UK.  Electronic products waste that not well treated can cause environmental and health risks.  Over the years, UK authorities have passed waste disposal rules on WEEE waste so as to guide waste management companies to handle the process the right way.  This has improved the way electronic waste is disposed and more recycling is being practiced.

Today, many industries have been designed to dispose electronic waste hence being known as e-waste facilities. Most of these industries are usually designed to handle hardware safely instead of dumping them into the landfill. This has led recycling usable parts such as rubber, plastic and glass. In case there are damaged parts that cannot be recycled, they are burnt or shredded. If you have computer or television parts such as tin, gold, copper and nickel, they are melted together so as to form new cords and pieces.

When getting your electronic waste equipments, just handle them with care. Some WEEE waste companies always want to collect electronics that recycled and resold for a high amount. Since the introduction of WEEE directive, many people have been able to keep their houses and garage clean. Instead of piling tonnes and tonnes of electronic that you don’t use, you can put them in your rubbish can. Better still, you can contact a waste management company that deals with WEEE waste.  

The European Community has been a role model to others on environmental issues. Other countries in the world have also considered WEEE legislation.  Remember, thanks to WEEE your electronic junk is recycled and reused.

Will Wilson

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