The production of Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment presents a significant impact on the UK Environment and the waste generation levels have risen to 50 million tonnes and, continues to increase.
Recycling aims to reduce the amount of waste ending up on Landfills and promotes a responsible approach to help eradicate disposal malpractices. Recycling is considered environmentally friendly because it prevents hazardous waste, including heavy metals from entering the atmosphere and waterways. While electronics consist of a small fraction of total waste generated, they can be far more dangerous. To combat the issue, the UK government introduced the WEEE Directive.
Primary WEEE Recycling Duties
Businesses failing to comply with the WEEE regulations risk facing heavy fines, and possible custodial sentences.
The Environmental Agency in the UK classifies WEEE in two categories: - historic WEEE (for products launched in the market before 2005) and non-historic WEEE (for products launched in the market after 2005).