By Gus Hold

About WEEE

There is an EU directive called WEEE - Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment that places an obligation on an organisation such as a school or hospital to dispose of old equipment by recycling. The cost is borne by the company or by the original producer.

The WEEE Logo

The WEEE Directive (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive) uses a special logo in addition to the CE logo to show that the equipment should not be disposed of in the normal waste stream.

The logo is defined in detail in the European Standard EN 50419. It is the same as the symbol used on rechargeable batteries to show that they should not be disposed of in landfill, but for electrical equipment manufactured after 13 August 2005, a horizontal bar underneath the crossed-out wheelie bin is added to show that the equipment is waste which has been manufactured after the Directive came into force.

What options do Companies have?

Many companies now use re-cycling specialists to take away the old equipment and extract as much valuable material from it as possible, with the remainder going into land fill.

Another option is to be in partnership with refurbishment specialists. These organisations will take still-working old computers and refurbish them. Then they sell each computer on or donate it to a worthy cause.

Benefits of WEEE

  • People that cannot afford to pay for a new model of a computer, can now use old recycled ones.
  • The computer stays more useful for a longer amount of time, and do not need to be thrown away.
  • The computer parts do not need to be thrown out, causing less pollution to the ground.
Recycling of electronic waste (WEEE)