Did you know? An estimated 2 million tonnes of WEEE items are discarded by householders and companies in the UK every year!
The WEEE Regulations came into force in 2005; several revisions have taken place since, the most recent being in 2013. The Regulations are due to be extended from January 2019 to cover further categories of electric and electronic equipment.
Currently there are 10 categories of WEEE outlined within the Regulations, as follows:-
· large household appliances (e.g. fridges, cookers, microwaves, washing machines and dishwashers);
· small household appliances (e.g. vacuum cleaners, irons, toasters and clocks);
· IT and telecommunications equipment (e.g. personal computers, copying equipment, telephones and pocket calculators);
· consumer equipment (e.g. radios, televisions, hi-fi equipment, camcorders ad musical instruments);
· lighting equipment (e.g. straight and compact fluorescent tubes and high intensity discharge lamps);
· electrical and electronic tools – (e.g. drills, saws and sewing machines, electric lawnmowers);
· toys, leisure and sports equipment (e.g. electric trains, games consoles and running machines);
· medical devices (e.g. (non-infected) dialysis machines, analysers, medical freezers and cardiology equipment);
· monitoring and control equipment (e.g. smoke detectors, thermostats and heating regulators);
· automatic dispensers (e.g. hot drinks dispensers and money dispensers).
Further information on the WEEE Regulations can be found at:-
www.hse.gov.uk or www.legislation.gov.uk