In the last ten years any business in the UK that sells electrical and electronic equipment to the public is required by law to register themselves with the Environment Agency.
Being WEEE compliant can affect many industries and covers a large selection of consumer products from washing machines, children’s toys, and photo-voltaic panels.
At the moment in the UK there is still a lot of WEEE goods that are not being recycled properly. These are coming from both commercial and domestic premises. Whether it comes from emptying a household to put the house on auction or clearing out a business address the same rules apply.
How to Become WEEE Compliant
To become WEEE complaint there are a number of rules and regulations that a company must abide by. If you are selling Electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) then you must provide an acceptable way for the customer to dispose of the item that it will be replacing.
The most common ways to abide to WEEE regulations is to use a company that specialises in IT Recycling as they have the ability to pick up the items and make sure they are recycled and reused in the best possible ways.
Some companies that you have purchased the goods from will be able to direct you to a reliable WEEE compliant company, otherwise searching online will tend to give you several options. Making sure the company has been around a while is important, because if they do not abide by the regulations then large fines and prosecutions could be handed down to you even if you thought you were using a good company.
What Does WEEE Aim to do?
The general idea is that any electrical waste is collected separately from any other type of waste, this electrical waste is then analysed to see what condition it is in, which will eventually determine the path it takes in the next steps of the process.
Some electrical items under the WEEE initiative will be recycled if they are beyond economical repair, other particular items will be recovered, reconditioned and then re-used in the UK market place if the condition is good enough to restore to an acceptable standard.