WEEE recycling

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.