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WEEE Legislation Change

Following a change in legislation, small mixed WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) items; such as kettles, irons and IT equipment, TVs, screens and monitors, are no longer permitted within your waste streams in Mick George Skips, or for tipping / disposal at. Mick George facilities.

Studies have recently confirmed plastic components found in display devices and small mixed WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) often contain high levels of hazardous chemicals and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP’s).

The Industry Council for Electronic Equipment Recycling (ICER), in cooperation with Defra and the Environment Agency, recently investigated the presence of these chemicals used as flame retardants in more than 2000 items of WEEE and confirmed they are present.

The changes brought about by the recent recast in EU regulation will significantly impact the industry, legal requirements and classification that apply to these wastes, resulting in a significant proportion now being classified as hazardous waste, when previously it was not.

This means that many items; including small mixed WEEE items; such as kettles, irons and IT equipment, TVs, screens and monitors are likely to contain POP’s, which in turn would deem them to be hazardous. As such the plastics containing POP’s must be destroyed by incineration and cannot be recycled or reused.

If you are unsure on any of the above, or want to discuss what can or cannot be included within your waste, please do not hesitate to contact us at; compliance@mickgeorge.co.uk or call, 01480 499154

 

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