Your Guide to Categories of WEEE

Most people are comfortable and aware than an item which would be defined as WEEE is most commonly a product which requires a plug or a battery. It is estimated that each year two million tonnes of WEEE is disagreed by a combination of businesses and households. The different categories of WEEE are broken down as follows under the regulations. They are: 

  • 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

If your company produces WEEE which must be disposed of correctly, do not hesitate to get in touch and give us a call. 

Fridges... Why Do You Need To Recycle Them?

Fridges contain harmful substances which apart from being a legal requirement, mean it is essential for you to recycle them correctly. 

Most fridges made before 2000 contain Chlorofluorocarbons (‘CFCs’) or Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (‘HCFCs’) in their insulation material and/or their refrigerant. CFCs and HCFCs are manmade compounds comprising carbon, fluorine, chlorine, and hydrogen. Non-toxic and non-flammable, they were used extensively in aerosols, refrigerators and solvents until it was discovered that the CFC molecules were being broken down by Ultra Violet (UV) radiation and releasing a chlorine atom that was reducing ozone in the atmosphere. Ozone depletion causes increased levels of harmful UV-B radiation which as a result causes harm to our planet. 

So what legislations are in place you may ask to govern that the disposal of fridges is carried out correctly? 

1. Duty of Care – Waste (Household Waste) Duty of Care (England & Wales) Regulations 2005.

All householders getting rid of waste have a duty of care to ensure that it is disposed of properly. In practice this means that you need either a) to take it to a licensed waste facility (eg. local civic amenity site), or b) to ensure that any 3rd party you use to remove the waste is registered as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency. They must provide you with a completed Waste Transfer Note for the collection. 

2. Removal of ODS – EC regulation 2037/2000.

 All refrigeration units containing Ozone Depleting Substances (ie. CFCs and HCFCs) must have those ODS removed in a controlled manner before the appliance is scrapped. Failure to comply with these regulations carries a fine of up to £2,500 and eligibility for prosecution.

3. Recycling and Recovery – The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulations (‘WEEE Regs’)

These regulations place responsibility on manufacturers, retailers, distributors, local authorities, waste management companies, importers, exporters and business users to reuse, recycle and recover fridge units wherever possible.

We have recently secured £5.7million of funding to build a state of the art fridge plant at our Gateshead site. Should you have any requirements, please do get in touch!

GAP Support Changing Minds with Pick Up A Penny

This week we have donated 1000 pennies to "Changing Minds with Pick Up A Penny"- a cause set up in the North East to help change the government policy for Early Intervention for Children. 

Sara Young from Newcastle who is an Integrative Psychotherapist, EMDR therapist and in her third year of her PhD at Northumbria University works with children, families and adults, who have been exposed to an ACE (adverse childhood experience) and trauma. 

She said "I believe that for centuries both Psychiatry, and countless forms of psychotherapy, have searched for answers to the suffering of the human mind. How can we not know, given the technology of 21st century medicine? Why however, would we be so omnipotent to believe that we could, given that we each have thirteen different organ systems, and at the latest count we have identified 60,000 ways in which they can go awry."

"I want to change government policy for EARLY INTERVENTION FOR CHILDREN and I truly believe that Changing Minds with Pick Up a Penny, and the research I am doing, will make this happen. So please be a part of that journey with me, and together we can make a change."

To make a donation, follow the link below.

Back to Basics... A Simple Guide To Understand WEEE

If we were to say that in England alone there is 180 million tonnes of waste produced every year - would that surprise you? We have a government who is actively promoting a zero waste economy with the goal to reduce, reuse and recycle however we can.

Landfill is a last resort.

If you are a business you will know that the UK law requires you to recycle and recover a large amount of your manufactured goods. These laws have incorporated EC legal requirements and those including electrical waste pertaining to retailer and distributors of such products.

These requirements state that both must comply with the waste electrical and electronic equipment ("the WEEE regs").

So what is WEEE? Good question. 

WEEE is electrical or electronic equipment that has come to the end of its ‘user life’ and covers a range of equipment. In simple terms if an item uses electricity, usually connected via a plug or battery, they are included in this category and classed as WEEE.