Guide

Paper manufacturing waste and hazardous substances

Paper manufacturing WEEE obligations

Your business is likely to use electrical and electronic equipment such as monitoring and control equipment for production processes. You may also use electrical and electronic equipment in your office or kitchen areas, including computers, telephones, printers, fluorescent light tubes, kettles, fridges and vending machines.

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.

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.

See our guide on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

You must comply with your duty of care responsibilities when dealing with WEEE - see waste responsibilities for paper and cardboard producers.

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 paper and cardboard producers.

If your WEEE contains radioactive materials you will need to comply with additional requirements - see radioactive substances certificates and exemptions for paper and cardboard producers.