What do you do when your printer has run its full lifecycle and ceases to work? Unless you like to collect bits of technology that no longer work, it is highly likely that you will want to dispose of a non-working electrical item, in order to make way for a newer more up to date piece of equipment.
The way in which you dispose of electrical items such as your home or office printers is important. This is because it can have an effect on our environment.
What Is WEEE?
WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. When electrical and electronic equipment comes to the end of its life, meaning everything with a plug or battery, WEEE covers this.
The directive was introduced in 2005 to correctly dispose of electrical goods, so that they do not harm the environment, when there is no longer a use for them.
The directive puts the responsibility of disposal with the manufacturers, meaning they are required to take financial accountability for the environmental impact their products have, specifically those products that become waste.
All affected producers and distributors or Electrical and Electronic Equipment must comply with the directive and follow the guidelines for recycling, minimising waste and developing environmentally friendly products.
WEEE became law in the UK on the 2nd of January 2007.
In the UK the Department of Innovation and Skills (BIS) is the government department, responsible for the WEEE regulations. The environment agencies are there to enforce the directive, making sure that producers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment follow the rules.
Why Is WEEE Important?
The amount of waste associated with Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is growing at a fast rate, worldwide. Many of the materials used in electronic equipment are damaging the environment and causing major issues with the health of our planet. Disposing of it illegally can lead to pollution and will ultimately lead to those responsible, being punished by the regulating authorities.