Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment

WEEE / IT Waste Recycling

We are an independent environmental solutions company and we specialise in WEEE collections, confidential waste disposal, confidential paper shredding, recycling and trade waste removal services.

  • Friendly flexible service
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  • No hidden service charges
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How can Reef Environmental Solutions help you?

Reef Environmental Solutions can arrange for a simple, cost effective and hassle-free collection, transportation and recycling of all your redundant WEEE and IT Waste to a licensed authorised treatment facility (ATF) or approved authorised treatment facility (AATF). We will ensure that recycling and final disposal of your items will be done in accordance with the standards set in the WEEE Regulations.

We can offer a variety of storage and collection options, either on an adhoc basis, or we can offer a regular collection schedule to suit your requirements. We will ensure your legal and duty of care requirements in relation to the WEEE directive are met and will produce all the associated documents required under these regulations.

We also offer secure destruction (shredding) of computer hard drives (traditional and SSD) and this service includes a Certificate of Destruction.

You can either arrange a collection with just one call, or if you prefer, we can come to your site and offer advice and guidance on the best possible methods to deal with your WEEE and any other waste streams.

To find out how we can help you recycle your WEEE and IT Waste, either call us on 01424 853985 or complete our enquiry form and we will contact you without delay.

WEEE Collection and Recycling

WEEE is “Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment” – it is equipment that is at the end of its life and basically describes any piece of equipment with a plug or battery. It is classed as Household or Non-Household WEEE and Hazardous or Non-Hazardous

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulation is an EU directive, the aim of the legislation is to:

  • Reduce Electric and Electronic waste (EEE)
  • Encourage the re-use of EEE
  • Improve recycling and recovery of EEE
  • Ensure that separately collected EEE is subject to proper treatment

The purpose of the legislation, is because if disposed of improperly, electronic waste like old computers, mobile phones and kitchen appliances can pose environmental and health risks from exposure to lead, mercury and other heavy metals. The WEEE regulation aims to reduce these risks by providing a safe way to get rid of these materials.

To identify if your item comes under the WEEE regulations you should examine your equipment for disposal and if the equipment was produced after 13th August 2005 it will display a crossed-out wheelie bin logo. The logo identifies the product as WEEE and therefore must not be put into a general waste bin.

WEEE is grouped into the following Categories:

Category Description Examples
1 Large household appliances Washing machine, cookers, heating appliances, electric fans, dishwasher, air con equipment.
2 Small household appliances Vacuum, toasters, coffee machines
3 IT and telecommunications equipment Printers, laptops, photocopiers, mainframes, calculators, telephones, facsimile, other products and equipment used for presentation and communication by electronic means.
4 Consumer equipment Radios sets, video cameras and video recorders, HI-FI, musical instruments.
5 Lighting equipment High intensity discharge lamps, including pressure sodium lamps and metal halide lamps
Low pressure sodium lamps
. Other lighting or equipment for the purpose of spreading or controlling light with the exception of filament bulbs.
6 Electrical and electronic tools (with the exception of large-scale stationary industrial tools) Tools for welding, soldering, riveting, grinding, sawing, cutting, making holes, spraying, dispersing, spreading or for similar uses.
7 Toys, leisure and sports equipment Electric cars, video hand held consoles, sports equipment such as running, rowing, coin slot machines.
8 Medical devices (with the exception of all implanted and infected products) Radiotherapy, cardiology, dialysis, ventilators, laboratory equipment, other appliance for detecting, preventing, monitoring, treating illness, injury or disability.
9 Monitoring and control instruments Smoke detector, heating regulator, thermostats.
10 Automatic dispensers Hot drinks machine, dispenser for cold drinks and snacks.
11 Display screens TV’s, Monitors, Mobile Phones.
12 Cooling appliances Refrigerators.
13 Gas discharge lamps and LED light sources. Fluorescent lamps and LED lamp units.
14 Photovoltaic panels. Solar panels.

How do I comply with the WEEE Directive?

If you and your business use electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and you need to dispose of this yourself you should be aware of your responsibilities when you dispose of it, regulations require that you arrange for the treatment, recycling and recovery of your WEEE.

To comply with your duty of care you must:

  • Store waste equipment safely
  • Use a registered waste carrier to collect your WEEE
  • Ensure your waste is taken to an appropriately licensed facility, to receive and treat WEEE waste, a facility must be an authorised treatment facility (ATF) or approved authorised treatment facility (AATF)
  • Keep records by way of a controlled waste transfer note when equipment leaves your site.

Some waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is classified as hazardous/special waste. This includes WEEE that contains hazardous components or substances such as:

  • Ozone-depleting substances, eg in fridges and freezers
  • Cathode ray tubes, eg in some televisions and older computer monitors
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Nickel cadmium batteries

The same duty of care requirements as above apply; however, you must obtain a Hazardous Waste Consignment Note for any WEEE that leaves your site.