Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is the fastest growing type of waste in the UK. 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.
Examples of WEEE in metal manufacturing
Common types of WEEE include:
- computers and other office equipment
- fluorescent light tubes
- vending machines
- mobile phones
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.
If your business manufactures, rebrands, imports, distributes or sells electrical or electronic equipment you may have to comply with additional requirements under the WEEE Regulations.
You must comply with your duty of care responsibilities when dealing with WEEE.
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 metal producers.
Good practice for WEEE
You can reduce your waste management costs and help the environment by reusing or recycling your electrical and electronic equipment wherever possible - see how to reduce your business waste to save money.