Electrical WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment)

Why does WEEE need a Special Waste Collection?

Every year an estimated one million tonnes of waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) is discarded by householders and commercial groups in the UK. Dealing with this waste is an important issue as electronic goods are becoming increasingly short lived, and so ever increasingly quantities of obsolete and broken equipment are thrown away.

There are directives and legal obligations on certain hazardous substances in WEEE, therefore separate waste collections are necessary to avoid contamination and divert electrical and electronic goods from landfill.  With increasing public and commercial awareness of WEEE waste being recyclable it is important to have the WEEE waste handled with the correct licensed waste management company.

RTS offer a managed WEEE collection service that is compliant with UK regulations and the waste will be treated, recycled and recovered at an authorised treatment facility. All necessary certification as proof of regulation is supplied within the service.

Who is responsible for WEEE?

All producers, retails, consumers, local authorities are responsible for correct disposal of any WEEE.

How are a Fridge Freezer and a Television recycled?

In a Fridge Freezer the compressor oil and refrigerant gases are initially removed and are either recovered or incinerated. The actual compressors are then removed and recycled. The remaining fridge freezer is then shredded in a controlled environment, allowing the capture of any CFCs. The metals, plastics and even the powdered foam are all separated and where possible recycled.

Televisions and cathode ray tubes are processed by the removal and recycling where possible of the outer casing. The unit then passes through a tube splitter, which cut off the end screen glass. This is a different glass to the tube glass, normally having a much higher lead content. Both the end screen glass and the tube glass (once decontaminated) are recycled. All printed circuit boards are also removed and recycled.

Ten Categories of WEEE waste:

  1. Large Household Appliances; Air conditioner, Stoves, Washing Machines, Freezers, Microwaves
  2. Small Household Appliances; Hair Dryers, Vacuum cleaners, Irons, Toasters
  3. IT and Telecommunication Equipment; computers, monitors, mainframes, printers, telephone systems
  4. Consumer Equipment; Radios, Televisions, Video recorders and cameras
  5. Lighting Equipment; Florescent lamps
  6. Electrical and Electronic tools; Welding, spraying, mowing, saws, drills
  7. Toys, sports and leisure Equipment; racing cars, slot machines, hand held games consoles
  8. Medical Electronic Equipment which is not infected in any way; analysers, radiotherapy
  9. Monitoring and Control Instruments; Smoke detectors, weighing machines, thermostats
  10. Automatic Dispensers; vending machines

How to Order a WEEE collection

Contact the RTS Technical Sales Team on 0207 232 1711 if you have a query or would like to order a WEEE collection service. Please ensure the following information is available:

Your name
Contact telephone no.
Service address
Service Contact at Site of collection
Type of WEEE category (see categories above)
Approximate size and or weight of equipment
As each WEEE collection is unique a written quotation will be provided as soon as possible.