our WEEE service

We can collect, treat and recycle all your electrical equipment, from any site across the UK and Europe. We can ensure that if you’re a reseller, distributor or manufacturer of electronic and electrical equipment that you’re fully compliant with the Waste Electronic & Electrical Equipment (WEEE) directive.

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    What is WEEE?

    The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulations (WEEE) are legislation that ensure all electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste) is recycled or disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way at the end of its life.

    It became law across the EU in 2007 and companies must be compliant with all its regulations. It clearly places the responsibility for the safe collection, recycling or eco-friendly disposal of 14 different types of electronic and electrical equipment with the retailer, distributor or manufacturer.

    ``CTR has provided collection services to Sense for nearly 10 years. Their levels of professionalism and service resulted in Sense awarding CTR our whole estate in recent years. We have also been able to recommend CTR to other charities as the textile recycler of choice, based on our experience.``
    Paul Hale Donated Stock Manager, Sense
    “Cats Protection have worked with CTR since 2016 to support our shop’s recycling needs and we have always been highly satisfied. In particular, the communication from CTR is always completely transparent… and there is always a quick response and remedy to any issues that arise. We look forward to our continuing partnership with CTR.”
    Ian Trotter Interim Retail Business Manager, Cats Protection

    why does WEEE legislation exist?

    If it’s incinerated or dumped in landfill at the end of its life, electronic and electrical products break down – either quickly or over time – and toxins from the corroding metals within them leech into the ground and water tables, finding their way eventually into the food we eat and the water we drink.

    Everything in the product can be potentially hazardous if left in landfill, from circuit boards to batteries, and there are risks of noxious gases escaping and batteries exploding when electrical products are burned.

    “By 2030, the UN predicts the volume of electronic and electrical waste will increase by 39%; resulting in 75 megatonnes, annually”

    What is included?

    The WEEE directive covers all appliances large and small, from air conditioning units down to light bulbs. It’s the big ticket items you might expect to be included – like monitors, printers and routers, but it’s also everyday devices like cables, phone lines and mice.

    It’s why making sure you have an IT asset disposal policy in place is absolutely crucial. If you are a producer, distributor or retailer, then the sustainable end-of-life handling of these assets is your responsibility.

    how many categories of WEEE are there?

    There are 10 categories, as defined by the Environment Agency:
    Large household appliances

    eg fridges, cookers, microwaves, washing machines and dishwashers

    Small household appliances

    eg vacuum cleaners, irons, toasters and clocks

    IT and telecommunications equipment

    eg personal computers, copying equipment, telephones and pocket calculators

    Consumer equipment

    eg radios, televisions, hi-fi equipment, camcorders ad musical instruments

    Lighting equipment

    eg straight and compact fluorescent tubes and high intensity discharge lamps

    Electrical and electronic tools

    eg drills, saws and sewing machines, electric lawnmowers

    Toys, leisure and sports equipment

    eg electric trains, games consoles and running machines

    Medical devices

    eg (non infected) dialysis machines, analysers, medical freezers and cardiology equipment

    Monitoring and control equipment

    eg smoke detectors, thermostats and heating regulators

    Automatic dispensers

    eg hot drinks dispensers and money dispensers

    how are you handling new
    POPs regulations?

    If, like many businesses in the UK, you are trying to understand your obligations to the new POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) regulations, then we can help.

    POPs regulations ban or restrict the use of persistent organic pollutants, substances which are highly stable in the natural environment, accumulate in the bodies of animals and are toxic.

    Forthcoming POPs legislation will most directly affect WEEE manufactured before Jan 1 2009, because any products containing POPs must be destroyed and older equipment is most likely to contain pollutants. These products must legally be treated as hazardous waste by your waste provider. It means that you cannot reuse those products, instead they must be destroyed.

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    Make sure you take guidance on this new legislation
    when planning your waste strategy.

    If you would like to talk to our experts on the new regulations, and whether or not you are protected by your current approach, then get in touch.
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