Amgen Cymru

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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment - WEEE

The following paragraphs provide an overview of the WEEE Directive and the facilities currently available for dealing with this waste stream. If you have any queries regarding the disposal of electrical equipment please contact our head office on 01685 870770.

Background Information

Waste Electric and Electrical Equipment - WEEE Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) play an ever increasing role in our daily lives. In an average year, the UK throws away a million tonnes of electrical waste. Electrical and electronic equipment are beneficial when they are working. When they stop working and are subsequently thrown away, they affect the environment. For example, did you know that some WEEE contains hazardous waste substances and parts? E.g. mercury in switches, lead in solder and cadmium in batteries. WEEE is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the UK. The recycling rate however is extremely low.

In 2003, the European Union (EU) adopted the WEEE Directive in a bid to deal with the end of life problems for electrical and electronic equipment and how to manage it at a better scale. The directive covers household and non-household WEEE (supplied to users such as local authorities, government agencies and hospitals). Directive criteria have been set for the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of WEEE.

Aims of the Directive

The directive has several aims in order to reduce the amount of WEEE being disposed of in landfills. To do this, it promotes separate collection, treatment and recycling. The aims are as follows:

  • Electronic equipment will be marked with a crossed out wheeled bin symbol (see below).
  • Targets have been set for the amount of household WEEE that can be collected separately
  • The UK is to establish and maintain a register of EEE producers
  • Distributors and retailers are responsible for taking back their product free of charge to customers
  • All WEEE that has been collected separately must be treated
  • Recycling and recovery targets have been introduced for various categories of WEEE

Community Recycling Centres

Each of the Community Recycling Centres (CRC) now offers extended services for the collection of items classified under the WEEE Directive. Any household owner can bring their unwanted items to the CRC where it is then sorted into separate containers ready for recycling. Some CRC sites will become Designated Collection Facilities (DCF’s) where up to five categories of WEEE collected. These are:- 

A - Large household items containing ozone-depleting substances
B - Large household items not containing ozone-depleting substances
C - Televisions and monitors
D - Fluorescent tubes
E - All other WEEE

Designated Collection Facilities may not accept all categories of WEEE because of the lack of space at the facility. In these cases, only a few categories may be used. The main aim of DCF’s is to prevent mixing WEEE with other waste or its contamination by other material.

Community Recycling Centres
Waste Electrical Items bearing
this symbol must not be disposed
of with general household waste.

What happens to WEEE when it leaves the DCF? As mentioned above, WEEE contains hazardous waste substances and parts. The WEEE is transported to a bulking centre where it’s stripped completely into its separate components. Some of the components can be treated, re-used or recycled for another piece of equipment, therefore not endangering the environment.

In the Rhondda Cynon Taf area, there are six CRC sites segregating three categories of WEEE (ozone depleting, TV and Monitor and fluorescent tubes). To find out more information regarding our CRC site, please see our FACILITIES section).

Bryn Pica, Llwydcoed, Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf, CF44 0BX
Tel: 01685 870770 - Thu 24 Jan 2019 08:55:43