The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) has been introduced into law with the aim of reducing the amount of electrical and electronic equipment being produced and to encourage everyone to reuse, recycle and recover it. WEEE is the fastest growing waste stream in the UK with an estimated 2 million tonnes of electrical waste being produced by households and organisations every year.
There are currently 10 categories of WEEE: Large household appliances, Small household appliances, IT and telecommunications equipment, Consumer equipment, Lighting equipment, Electrical and electronic tools, Toys / leisure / sports equipment, Medical devices, Monitoring and control equipment along with Automatic dispensers.
To legally transport and recycle WEEE waste you must be licenced by the Environment Agency. Any company that offers this service must hold a waste carriers licence and an environmental permit or exemption. All WEEE waste should be recycled in accordance with guidance on Best Available Treatment, Recovery and Recycling Techniques (BATRRT) and treatment of WEEE. Due to the complex mix of product types and materials under the WEEE banner it is essential for a recycling company to possess the relevant skills and experience to ensure hazardous components (e.g. lead, mercury etc.) are adequately managed during the recycling process.
Movement of all WEEE waste must be accompanied by a waste transfer note (WTN) and if in the case of hazardous WEEE (batteries, lead / mercury etc.) a hazardous waste consignment note (HWCN).
Revive IT hold an environmental exemption which allows us to recycle and refurbish any IT equipment (hazardous or non-hazardous). We are visited and audited by the Environment Agency on a regular basis.
You must keep copies of all your WTNs for at least two years (three years for HWCNs) and must be able to produce them on demand to the Environment Agency or local authority, or you could be fined.
As a recycling company we ensure where possible we do everything we can for the environment:
- We offer all our services free of charge along with repayments in respect to our IT remarketing service to encourage recycling / reuse / refurbishment etc.
- Anything that isn’t IT equipment is still recycled (e.g. paper/cardboard/glass etc.)
- We link collections together to reduce fuel consumption
- We operate a zero landfill policy
- We have completed and continue to reassess our environmental assessment / energy usage assessment along with action plans
- We hold both UKAS accredited ISO 14001 (environmental) and 50001 (energy) accreditations
- We incorporate environmental and energy efficiency policies and guidance into staff training
- Everything we collect is considered for re-use. If re-use isn’t possible then the materials will be recycled in accordance with BATRRT
- We have set targets and commitments in relation to our environmental / energy usage standards