Understanding the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

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Recycling is now the norm for many people and being able to recycle everything from your plastics and cardboard to your old household appliances is vital to the future of the planet. Ensuring that you live a green lifestyle is something that we all need to take more responsibility for and you can do this by doing small things such as turning off lights when you leave a room, repairing broken appliances instead of replacing them or by using energy saving light bulbs. The European WEEE Directive was introduced to help combat the issue of waste in Europe and the WEEE Directive stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.

It was brought in back in 2003 as a way to better manage the issue of wastage in Europe and it focuses on improving the amount of recycling that is done throughout the entire continent, including within the UK.

The restrictions cover the following two areas:

 

  1. The manufacturing of new equipment
  2. The disposal of old equipment

There have been numerous changes made to the Directive over the last few years and the most recent additions were brought into play in 2015 and they state that at least 45% of all of the electrical goods in Europe have to be recycled.

One of the major changes in the WEEE Directive this year is that it states that manufacturers have to recycle their goods as it is their responsibility rather than the responsibility of the consumer. While the UK only currently recycles 40% of its household electrical goods, many governments are encouraging their people to recycle as much as 85%, which is good news for the environment.

Under the new rules when a retailer sells electrical equipment to replace an old product, consumers must be provided with a recycling option in a bid to make it easier for people to know what they need to do in order to recycle their old household appliances.

When it comes to living a greener lifestyle, there are plenty of things that we can do and living by the three R’s rule is a great way to make a difference.

The three R’s stand for:

 

  1. Reduce
  2. Reuse
  3. Recycle

By taking care to reduce the amount of waste you create in your home as well as reuse as much as possible and recycle, you can be sure you are doing your part to save the planet. Try walking or cycling instead of always jumping in the car and use cloth bags when you shop instead of bags made from plastic.

The WEEE Directive covers the regulations of the recycling of electronic goods throughout Europe and its primary aim is to reduce the amount of waste that we produce on a massive scale. While you can do a lot to reduce your carbon footprint by living the three R’s rules, it is also important for manufacturer’s to do more to recycle their products and this is why the WEEE Directive was introduced.

 

 

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