Over the years we have seen an increase in electronic waste entering our skips. Unfortunately, the majority of electronic waste cannot be disposed of in our skips, but actually needs to be taken to a WEEE recycling centre to be disposed of appropriately. So why can we not accept electronic products?
Due to the nature of waste electrical and electronic products, they are considered to be hazardous waste. This includes any waste that can be considered a danger to both environmental and human health, should it be disposed of incorrectly.
In recent years there has been an increase in the clean-up of our environment. This coincides with the increase of electronic waste, such as we have become a more throwaway society. Meaning that while we are doing our part for the environment, many are throwing out electronic items that could be used elsewhere or the parts indeed recycled for further use (such as circuit boards).
What Is Considered Electronic Waste?
Formerly, everything which required a plug was considered to be an electronic item. However, with the increase in rechargeable or battery-powered electronic products, these now need to be taken into consideration.
According to HSE there are ten broad categories of WEEE currently outlined within the Regulations, namely:
- Large household appliances – eg fridges, cookers, microwaves, washing machines and dishwashers
- Small household appliances – eg vacuum cleaners, irons, toasters and clocks
- IT and telecommunications equipment – eg personal computers, copying equipment, telephones and pocket calculators
- Consumer equipment – eg radios, televisions, hi-fi equipment, camcorders and musical instruments
- Lighting equipment – eg straight and compact fluorescent tubes and high-intensity discharge lamps
- Electrical and electronic tools – eg drills, saws and sewing machines, electric lawnmowers
- Toys, leisure and sports equipment – eg electric trains, games consoles and running machines
- Medical devices – eg (non-infected) dialysis machines, analysers, medical freezers and cardiology equipment
- Monitoring and control equipment – eg smoke detectors, thermostats and heating regulators
- Automatic dispensers – eg hot drinks dispensers and money dispensers
This list is not exhaustive, if there are any items that you feel do not fall into this category, you can always contact us to discuss these on an individual basis and we will be happy to help.
Fridges and freezers have not been suitable for the skip for many years, while they are now covered under the WEEE directive, it was formerly due to the nature of the cooling devices that are used on them. This means that they still cannot be removed in a skip.
What Is WEEE?
The WEEE directive or waste electrical and electronic equipment is an EU-led directive to stop harmful waste from being disposed of inappropriately.
The requirement for this type of waste to be recycled separately allows for a selection to be reused elsewhere, and for the good that are at the end of their life to be broken down and recycled appropriately. This means that harmful waste is removed before being disposed of.
Read more about the WEEE directive.
Skip Hire Longton
While there is a list of things that cannot be removed in a skip, please see our page “What can you put in a skip“, you can still remove the majority of your household and garden waste.
Here at Staffordshire Skip Hire, we have a range of skips to hire across Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. If you are unsure which size skip you require, our team have a wealth of experience in waste management to guide you to the most appropriate size, just contact us today.
From mini skips to RoRo skips we have a number for same-day or next-day delivery.