WEEE Compliance – What you need to know
The UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations implement the main provisions of the European WEEE Directive. The broad aim is to address the environmental impacts of unwanted electrical and electronic equipment at end of life disposal.
The WEEE Directive is one of a small number of European Directives that implement the principle of "extended producer responsibility". Under this principle, producers are required to take financial responsibility for the environmental impact of the products that they place on the market, specifically when those products become waste. It seeks to reduce the amount of such waste going to landfill by encouraging separate collection and subsequent treatment, re-use, recovery, recycling and environmentally sound disposal.
Am I Affected?
The WEEE Regulations place legal obligations on the following types of organisations that handle electrical equipment:
- Producers of household and non-household equipment (ie, manufacturers, professional importers or re-branders)
- Distributors to household-end users (eg retailers, internet and other distance sellers)
- Business end-users of electrical equipment
- WEEE treatment facilities
- Exporters of WEEE
The requirements apply to all businesses irrespective of size. In addition the Regulations also impact on local authorities, waste management companies and household consumers of electrical and electronic equipment.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is the lead department responsible for implementation of the EU Directives in the UK. The BIS web site contains much useful information on WEEE. Visit: www.bis.gov.uk/weee.
WEEE compliant and environmentally responsible recycling is achievable:
- The WEEE Directive sets targets for recycling of 65% and recovery from the waste stream of 75% by weight of computer equipment. RDC tracks 92% recycling and 100% recovery with zero IT waste disposed of to landfill.
- RDC hold environmental permits to receive, store and treat WEEE and related packaging waste materials.
- All waste transfers are carried out by permitted transport providers with the waste transfer documentation to produce demonstrable waste ‘duty of care’ compliance.
- RDC audits downstream recyclers to verify that they hold legally compliant permits and licences, meeting both our own and our customers ‘Duty of Care’ obligations.WEEE treatment facilities WEEE treatment facilities
- Packaging and non-IT waste is also recycled with RDC tracking over 98% by weight of all wastes recycled and recovered from the waste stream.
Why do organisations put their trust in RDC?
Our Asset Recovery Services and solutions help business customers manage their redundant technology by providing solutions that exceed the WEEE Directive.
RDC manages the complete process; from the logistical management of a collection, technical processing and secure data eradication or destruction through to testing and assessment for the resale of refurbished IT and final recycling of un-usable equipment.
In 2009, RDC were awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development, described by the organisers as: - "…RDC receives the award for their outstanding commitment to sustainability, successfully marrying commercial success with a highly progressive sustainability agenda. Their governance and performance provides an exemplar benchmark for commercially successful, sustainable business operations…"
In 2010, RDC were the winners of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management Award for Excellence for Recycling Performance.
Additionally, RDC operates an integrated management system certified to international standards ISO 9001 Quality Management, ISO 14001 Environmental Management, OHSAS 18001 Health & Safety Management) and ISO 27001 Information Security Systems Management.