Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment WEEE Compliance Directive
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment WEEE Compliance Directive was first implemented within the UK in early January 2007.
The purpose of the weee compliance directive’s introduction was to reduce the amount of electrical equipment that makes its way to landfill.
Electrical landfill was a huge problem for the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Regulations board of 2006 so in their quest to reduce the amounts heading to landfill they enforced the WEEE compliance directive to encourage businesses and individuals to recycle, and where possible, reuse old electrical equipment.
This has added benefits for all sectors of the waste management industry as electrical equipment containing hazardous substances is kept to a minimum in terms of landfill numbers. This is better for the atmosphere and is a cleaner, greener alternative to simply sending these hazardous materials to pollute the land.
The WEEE directive has helped to improve the recycling and reusing electrical industry. Electrical enterprises are more aware of their responsibility to provide a greener service for everyone by adhering to the conditions within the directive to recycle and reuse or repair where possible faulty and unwanted electrical equipment.
Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive
The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive was introduced into UK law in July 2006 and came into force to reduce the amounts of hazardous substances that are contained within electrical equipment within the British workplace.
As a producer, manufacturer or seller of electrical equipment businesses can be affected by both the WEEE and the RoHS directives so it’s essential that as a client, you find a business that is a fully registered company and are adhering to the law.
The National Measurement Office (NMO) are the Governmental body actively seeking out comapnies who are failing to adhere to the guidelines set out in the WEEE and RoHS directives. They survey the market and operate as a surveillance organisation designed to ensure that the directives are being properly enforced.
We work closely with the NMO to ensure that our level of service to the British public is not hindered and we strive to make sure that the UK landfills are kept clear of hazardous substances from the electrical equipment we receive here on a regular basis.
We ensure that our products and our products components comply with the RoHS directive and if they don’t, we will not reuse them but will break them down into their component parts and will recycle them accordingly using the correct methods.
To find out more about our weee compliance procedures here at LCWS, fill out the form in the contact section and we’ll be happy to talk you through them further.