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WEEE is a short form for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, WEEE recycling is a directive similar to RoHS from the European Commission that requires all member states of the European Union to enact legislation catering for free recycling of electronic and electrical equipments. The consumer of is expected to pay nothing whenever they collect their recycled products. Instead, the manufacturer caters for all the costs associated with transportation, recycling and collection.
What products are covered under WEEE?
WEEE recycling covers a wide range of products. Some of the products include IT equipments, household appliances, toys, tools, lighting, medical devices, monitoring equipments and sports equipments among others. You can confirm other covered products from the recyclers. Alternatively, you could search for the WEEE directive from the internet and you will learn of the other products covered.
How does WEEE recycling operate?
The UK's dti requires that every nation effectively plans for the collection and processing of WEEE products. Producers are expected to pay for the costs of collection through insurance, special bank account or a collective financing scheme. Producers must always collect and process the old products whenever there is a delivery of new products for business-to-business transactions. Before the recycling process, the producers must always inform the recyclers of the contents in the products they present. Items with very dangerous components must be identified and marked for separate handling. Some of the products that have to be handled separately include fluorescent tubes, batteries, LCD displays and CRTs. Fluorescent tubes contain mercury which has to be removed before processing. Recyclers utilize product documentation that clearly identifies the location of these harmful substances.
The importance of WEEE recycling
WEEE recycling is important for two major reasons. In the first place, it promotes reduction of waste products through recycling. Most of the products that accumulate waste such as metals, wiring, circuit boards and plastics can be easily recycled. Secondly, most waste products contain hazardous substances. Dumping them directly into the land would result in escape of the pollutants into the environment. A poisoned environment is unethical and has a lot of health effects to humans. Pollution is illegal in the UK laws. It is also not allowed by the European Union.
WEEE's expectations from the producer
Before presenting the products for WEEE recycling, you have to register as a producer. However, registering does not mean that you will pay for the waste disposals. You will only be required to keep records of the WEEE produced. There is a hazardous waste consignment note or a waste transfer note that has to be filled each time WEEE is collected from you. The note to fill between the two depends on how hazardous your product is. If you do not know how to categorize the products, the collector will help you determine which form to fill. They have a good understanding of the European Waste Catalogue categories of waste. You are allowed to replace your waste products free of charge from the manufacturer. However, it is important that you keep the product registration number whenever you buy a new EEE since it will help you contact the manufacturer whenever you need a replacement.