A guide to recycling electrical items safely

In this day and age we have seen the effects of our mismanagment of the earth. Global warming is upon us. The change in weather along with the constant battles for natural resources across the globe are evident in our news everyday. It is important to go out your way to recycle as much as possible. There are many counties which encourage segregation of recycled goods with general waste. However it is important to do your own research and see what you can do to lower your carbon footprint. And it is also important to encourage others to do so.

A guide to recycling electrical items
A guide to recycling electrical items

Over the last few years the UK has stepped up its game by charging for plastic bags in supermarkets. This is a big step forward but there is still a lot tod o. We recently visited Rwanda, a rapidly growing and innovative country in East Africa. And they have banned plastic bags altogether. In shops only paper bags are available. This is the sort of mindset and positive change that we should aspire to.

In this article we focus on the recycling of electrical equiptment. Many of us use electrical equiptment for all sorts of things in the home. Whether we use a TV, games console, iron, oven, kettle or even mobile phones. With the rise of Smart Homes and Internet of Things technologies this is only going to rise. Hence it is important to be able to recycle these devices in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

recycling my mobile phone
recycling my mobile phone

 

What is the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equiptment (WEEE) Directive?

A guide to recycling electrical items
A guide to recycling electrical items

The WEEE directive was set up in 2007, in an effort to govern common practices that manufacturers and retailers in European Countries do in regards to recycling.

The ambition of the WEEE directive is to ensure that less harmful electrical waste finds itself in landfill. These regulations directly affect the manufacturers and the retailers in charge. And in turn make it simpler for the consumer to recycle their goods. However it is important to note that the consumer must take the initiative to finish the task and ensure that their equiptment is appropriately recycled.

How do I know which electrical products can be recycled?

how to recycle electrical appliances

Need to know which of your products can be recycled? No problem – check our key questions below.

Does it use a charger? If so then it can be recycled

Does it have a plug? If so then it can be recycled

Does it use batteries? If yes then it can be recycled.

Does it carry the WEEE wheelie bin logo (its generally a wheelie bin that is crossed out). If so then it can be recycled.

A guide to recycling electrical items
A guide to recycling electrical items

How do you recycle your electric items?

So, you now have identified your electrical items as recyclable. What’s next? There are many ways to recycle your goods. The simplest is to take your item to the local recyclceing centre. This will be located on the website of your local council. Also under the WEEE directive, when you are upgrading your electrical appliance through the same retailer, the supplier must either have a store take back scheme, or a way to collect your old appliance. Finally some councils offer a household recycling collection service.

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