The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) is the European Community directive 2012/19/EU which became European law in February 2003. The symbol adopted by the European Council to represent waste electrical and electronic equipment comprised a crossed out wheelie bin with or without a single black line underneath the symbol. The black line indicates that goods have been placed on the market after 2005, when the Directive came into force. (WEEE Directive on Wikipedia)
The WEEE Directive has had a number of revisions over the years and is a European Law, like many, that can be quite complicated. Before the law was passed many computers went to the rubbish tips and landfills that regular household waste went to. Clearly, with the advent of modern lead acid batteries and toxic plastics, this was something that needed to be addressed.
Certain types of waste are categorised depenind on the contents. Systems Recycling holds a T11 certificate which means that we are fully certificated to dispose of the following.
|Waste code||Type of waste|
|160211*||WEEE containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)|
|160213*||WEEE containing hazardous substances or components other than polychlorinated biphenyls, CFC, HCFC or HFC, or free asbestos. For example, a TV monitor containing a cathode ray tube.|
|160214||WEEE not containing hazardous substances or components.|
|160216||Non hazardous components removed from discarded equipment|
|200123*||WEEE containing CFCs|
|200135*||WEEE containing hazardous components other than fluorescent tubes and other mercury containing waste or CFCs|
|200136||WEEE not containing hazardous substances or components|
Being T11 certificated allows us to repair, refurbish or dismantle various types of waste electrical and electronic equipment so that the whole WEEE item or any dismantled parts can be reused for their original purpose or dismantled parts can be recovered.
For example, we can collects waste computers from householders and businesses that no longer want them and we can dispose of them ethically.