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What is WEEE Waste?
WEEE stands for ‘Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment’, which is almost any household or non-household end-of-life equipment that has a battery or plug.
As technology changes every day, our appliances and devices quickly get outdated, with newer versions continuously available, and the old versions often get scrapped as landfill waste. However, this kind of waste can be bad for landfill sites due to the harmful toxins released into water and air, causing extremely negative effects on the environment.
WEEE Waste Collection
Many people now know to separate paper, bottles and garden waste from their regular rubbish. However, there are still some items which find their way into the wrong containers. One of the most difficult, and increasingly common, waste streams to recycle is WEEE.
The term Waste Electrical and Electronic equipment (WEEE) covers a wide range of products that are often thrown out or replaced on a regular basis, without due consideration to the hazardous components that are included within; such as cooling agents from white goods and anything containing batteries, circuit boards or mercury switches.
WEEE often contains harmful materials that must be uniquely managed and diverted from other waste streams to prevent contamination. At present, more than three quarters of all WEEE is dumped directly into landfills without any kind of recycling taking place, which is why the Mick George Group segregate and manage appropriately.
WEEE can include:
All of these items are recyclable, but you cannot simply put them in your standard recycling bins. Anything electrical, whether it requires a connection to the main electrical circuit or batteries can be classified as WEEE.
WEEE Regulations and Compliance
In 2002, Environmental issues caused by electrical and electronic waste was addressed, and the WEEE Directive was introduced. WEEE Regulations affect nearly all businesses, so you must make sure that you understand your responsibilities.
You must be compliant with the WEEE Regulations if you are a business who deals with:
We have always received a reliable and professional Waste Management service. They help to provide modern, forward-thinking and sustainable Waste Management processes which are vital in our constantly evolving industry. We would highly recommend the Mick George Group to anyone requiring a fully compliant Waste Management service.
We find the Mick George Group very easy to deal with, their customer service is always great and their quick turnaround times on exchanges, keeps our sites running smoothly. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.
Fletchers Waste Management
We have worked with the Mick George Group on a number or projects and always been offered excellent service and competitive pricing. Their customer service team are always on hand to help with any issues and are extremely friendly and easy to deal with. Finally, their state-of-the-art facilities situated throughout the UK mean that all your waste is dealt with in a compliant and ‘eco-friendly’ manner.
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