Guide

Chemical manufacturing waste and hazardous waste

Chemical manufacturing WEEE obligations

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is one of the fastest growing type of wastes. You must handle and store it correctly and ensure that it is treated, recycled or disposed of at an authorised facility. Where possible you should reuse WEEE.

Types of chemical manufacturing WEEE

Common types of WEEE include:

  • computers and other office equipment
  • fluorescent light tubes
  • fridges
  • washing machines
  • televisions
  • vending machines
  • mobile phones

Other electrical and electronic equipment at your chemicals manufacturing site may include monitors and other diagnostic equipment to track or develop chemical reaction processes.

Deal with WEEE correctly

Your business must store, collect, treat, recycle and dispose of WEEE separately from other waste.

You must get and keep proof that you gave your WEEE to an authorised waste management company, and that they treated and disposed of it without harming the environment.

You may be able to use a free take-back scheme for WEEE funded by the equipment manufacturer.

You must comply with your duty of care responsibilities when dealing with WEEE - see waste responsibilities for chemical manufacturers.

If your WEEE contains hazardous substances, you will need to treat it as hazardous waste. This includes fluorescent light tubes and televisions that contain cathode ray tubes - see hazardous waste responsibilities for chemical manufacturers.

If any of your WEEE contains batteries you may also have to deal with them as part of your waste batteries responsibilities.

If you have any old equipment, such as capacitors or transformers, at your site it may be contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). You must arrange for the safe disposal or decontamination of all equipment that contains PCBs as soon as possible - see polychlorinated biphenyl responsibilities for chemical manufacturers.