and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive
The WEEE Directive implementation date has
been postponed until June 2006. For further information
visit the link below.
We throw away a million
tonnes of electrical and electronic waste every year
in the United Kingdom.
Fridges, computers, tvs and mobile
phones are creating an enormous amount of waste when
of and we need to do something about it for the sake
of our environment and our own health.
electronic equipment (EEE) plays an ever-increasing role
in our daily lives. We have now come to rely on our kitchen
appliances, mobile phones and computers. These offer
us many benefits but also some costs to the environment
as we are throwing away more and more of this waste – in
the UK the amount of electrical and electronic waste
increases each year by an estimated 80,000 tonnes.
a European-wide problem. Not enough Waste Electrical
and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is being recycled. In
response, the new WEEE Directive was published in January
2003. This seeks to improve the way we manage the WEEE
we produce and helps to protect both human health and
the environment. It sets targets for collecting WEEE,
new standards for the treatment of WEEE and strict recycling
and recovery targets to help minimise its disposal.
Directive is one of a series of 'producer responsibility’ directives
that makes producers responsible for their products from
manufacture through to final disposal or recovery. It
affects any business that manufactures, brands and imports
EEE as well as businesses that sell EEE or store, treat
or dismantle WEEE within the European Union. It will
affect businesses that have WEEE to dispose of and will
also affect members of the public who will have more
opportunities to reuse, recycle and recover these products.
more information please visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk