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  • E-waste recyclers discuss future trends

    The Internet of Things is one of the key trends of the future. Already today, 15 billion things are digitally connected with one another and experts predict an increase to 50 billion devices in the IoT (Internet of Things) by the year 2020. These things include not only computers, tablets and smartphones, but also wearables, consumer electronics and the vehicles we use. However, although this ...

  • WEEE recycling firm faces mercury charges

    An electrical recycling firm charged with exposing employees to mercury will appear at Huddersfield Magistrates Court on 20 July. Electrical Waste Recycling Group, based in Kirkheaton in Huddersfield, is being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive. Company director Craig Thompson is also facing charges. The firm recycles waste electrical and electronic equipment, including light tubes ...

  • WEEE fails to deliver, claims recycling firm

    The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is failing to live up to what it originally set out to do and there is now an increase in the level of waste being exported, claims plastic and WEEE recycler Axion Recycling. Axion Recycling director Keith Freegard said: “It is clear the WEEE Directive is failing to deliver what it set out to do. The best treatment, recovery and ...

  • Foundations of US WEEE

    Often mocked, US e-waste legislation is beginning to form on the state level. In some cases, the product scope is even on a par with that of EU legislation. This year, Indiana and Wisconsin enacted e-waste laws. Many US states have enacted laws on e-waste recycling in recent years. Most use some kind of producer responsibility system, with free recycling of e-waste for consumers, charities, ...


  • Cameron visits WEEE firm

    David Cameron pays a visit to Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) company SWEEEP.  SWEEEP contracts manger Justin Greenaway said: “David and I spoke about the downturn in commodity values and he impressed me with his knowledge of the WEEE Directive and the way in which compliance schemes are funding the recycling of this new waste ...

  • Repic sets up WEEE fund to boost recycling

    Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) producer compliance scheme Repic has set up a fund to support regional recycling schemes for its collection partners. It is seeking local authorities wishing to apply for grants to encourage WEEE recycling in their area. Leicestershire County Council was one of the first local authorities to apply for a grant from the fund. It used the funding to ...

  • Mayor of London encourages WEEE recycling events

    The Mayor of London Boris Johnson is encouraging people to recycle their unwanted electrical items at events taking place across the capital as part of Recycle Week starting next week. The Give and Take events starting next week allow people to bring along their old, small electrical equipment such as kettles, mobile phones and irons and take away other people’s donated electrical items ...

  • Axion calls for 'positive drivers' to boost WEEE recycling

    Positive procurement-based encouragement, rather than burdensome legislative enforcement, is the way forward to increase volumes of Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) recycling across Europe, suggests Axion Polymers. The Salford-based plastics recycler believes UK and European Governments could learn lessons from their USA counterparts, whose EPEAT ...

  • Wincanton: No risk to WEEE operations

    Logistics firm Wincanton has said that its Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) operations will not be affected after it admitted that nearly 1,000 jobs were at risk from its food distribution arm. A Wincanton spokesman said that WEEE operations will “absolutely not be affected”.Wincanton expanded its WEEE recycling infrastructure last year by investing £5m in its second treatment ...

  • White paper on WEEE

    Untitled Document The French Federation for Recovery, ...

  • WEEE prices increase

    Producers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) will have to pay more to their producer compliance schemes for the collection and treatment of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) following the sharp fall in metal prices. Producer compliance scheme Valpak marketing director Duncan Simpson said: “The main reason that WEEE producers have to pay more for evidence is that the ...

  • Sims WEEE plant opens in Wales

    A further 100,000 tonnes a year of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment processing capacity has been added to the UK, with the opening of Sims Recycling Solutions’ flagship WEEE plant in Newport, Wales. The £12 million plant was officially opened yesterday (9 February, 2009) by First Minister for Wales, the Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan. “This is good for Newport and good for Wales. This facility ...

  • Sita fined for breaching WEEE Regulations

    Sita Metal Recycling has been fined GBP 4,000 following a prosecution by the Environment Agency for breaching waste electrical and electronic equipment regulations. The firm has been charged with two sets of offences: In 2007 and 2008 the company issued evidence for the treatment of WEEE that was subsequently exported not through an approved exporter; and In 2008, the company issued ...

  • Precious metal recovery from WEEE

    Precious metals, such as gold and silver, constitute a small but valuable part of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). New research suggests that significant amounts of these precious metals are lost in the initial stage of the waste recovery process and makes recommendations for improvements in the recycling chain. For 2005, it was estimated that around 9 million tonnes of ...

  • Businesses urged to make WEEE effort

    The Environment Agency (EA) has contacted more than 1,500 businesses across the north-east to remind them of their recycling responsibilities for electrical items. Anyone importing, rebranding or manufacturing electrical or electronic equipment must register with the EA under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations. Breaching the regulations could lead to prosecution. An EA ...

  • Gaps in WEEE Directive laid bare

    The introduction of a national or European Union register to hold all organisations handling waste electrical and electronic equipment in the EU will help Member States to capture more WEEE tonnages, according to an industry expert. Speaking to MRW, WEEE compliance scheme Ireland European Recycling Platform general manager Martin Tobin said: “All organisations handling WEEE should be registered ...

  • Guidance on WEEE regulations issued by BIS

    Businesses are prepared for the changes to the WEEE system by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The WEEE Regulations 2013: Government Guidance Notes were released by the Department for BIS on the 1st of November for ...


    By GPT Waste Management Ltd

  • Consulation on revisions to WEEE directive launched

    The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform has launched a consultation on revisions to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulations. BERR pledged to increase the effectiveness of the regulations, designed to drive up the collection and treatment of WEEE in the UK. Business and Economic Minister Ian Pearson said: “We are now almost 18 months into the UK WEEE system ...

  • WEEE recast should focus on WEEE system as a whole, says industry expert

    The recast waste electrical and electronic equipment Directive targets should focus on the WEEE system as a whole instead of a small element of it, according to an industry expert. Speaking to MRW, HP environmental compliance manager Dr Kirsty McIntyre said she welcomed what the European Committee and Parliament was trying to achieve with the targets but she said responsibility should be placed ...

  • Recycling and reuse of WEEE by businesses may be more widespread than reported

    A recent survey of businesses in France, Germany and the UK has revealed that they recycle and refurbish much of their waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). However, some of this information is not being reported under the EU’s WEEE Directive because the waste is being disposed of informally or by contractors, rather than by manufacturers who are responsible for the whole life ...

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