Exel Contracts Ltd, are committed to leading the industry in minimising the impact of its activities on the environment.
We recognise and accept our legal duty of care towards the environment and are committed, not only to complying with our legal duties and with other requirements to which we subscribe, but to exceed these requirements where practicable. We also acknowledge the need to use and provide sustainable products in and around our workplaces.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2018
Also referred to as the WEEE Regulation 2018
Advice on recycling electrical goods
Recycling is the safest and most responsible way to dispose of electrical item that are faulty or otherwise beyond repair. Read on to discover advice about recycling everything from large kitchen appliances through to handheld gadgets.
Why recycle electrical items?
170 million new electrical items are purchase in the UK each year, but we currently recycle less than a third of these when they come to the end of their lifecycle.
Electrical and electronic equipment is made up of a wide variety of materials, many of which can be reused (for example, there’s enough steel in an iron to produce 13 steel cans).
By recycling your old and unwanted electrical items, you’re doing your bit to help the environment by preventing potentially hazardous waste from entering landfill and causing soil and water contamination.
What is the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive?
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, which was first introduced in 2007, governs how manufacturers and retailers in European countries behave in regards to recycling.
The regularly-updated WEEE directive is designed to ensure that less harmful electrical waste is sent to landfill; though the regulations don’t directly affect consumers, they do ultimately make it simpler for you to recycle your old electrical goods.
You can find more information about how the regulations in the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive help you to recycle your electrical products more easily in the ‘How do I recycle my electrical item?’ section below.
What electrical items can be recycled?
Almost all electrical items with a plug or a battery can be recycled, including the following:
‘Can it be recycled?’ checklist
If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, them your electrical item can be recycled:
How do I recycle my electrical item?
Recycling electrical goods is usually a straightforward process thanks to the variety of options available: