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The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive came into force in 2007 and is designed to encourage treatment, re-use, recycling and sound environmental disposal of WEEE.
All business disposals of WEEE must adhere to the directive and dispose of their electrical waste through an Authorised Treatment Facility. The directive covers all electronic waste that uses mains power. The EU Waste Framework Directive 2008 (WFD) also introduced a five point “Waste Hierarchy” that businesses must take into account when disposing of waste.
Prevention: using less material in design and manufacture, keeping products for longer, re-use, using less hazardous materials
Preparing for re-use: checking, cleaning, repairing, refurbishing, whole items or spare parts
Recycling: turning waste into a new substance or product, includes composting if it meets quality protocols
Other recovery: includes anaerobic digestion, incineration with energy recovery, gasification and pyrolysis which produce energy (fuels, heat and power) and materials from waste, some backfilling
Disposal: landfill and incineration without energy recovery
Amendments under the Duty of Care have been recently consulted upon
Business users would have to keep proof to demonstrate that one off consignments of WEEE have been disposed of to an accredited re-processor
Segregating WEEE from the main waste stream
Separating WEEE which is your responsibility and a producer or suppliers responsibility
Prevention, which offers the best outcomes for the environment, is at the top of the priority order, followed by preparing for re-use, recycling, other recovery and disposal, in descending order of environmental preference. The EU Waste Framework Directive (WFD) was adopted into UK law in October 2008.