E-Waste in UK and Europe
E-waste or waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is the term used to describe old, end-of-life or discarded appliances using electricity. Plastics, metals and printed wiring boards (PWBs) make up much of the content of e-waste. The categories that e-waste falls into include smaller electrical items (toasters, vacuum cleaners, irons), IT and telecommunications equipment (mobile phones, PCs) and household consumer items (televisions, radios). In 1998, 39 per cent or 357,000 tonnes of e-waste in the UK was classed as IT equipment. Large household appliances were the other main component of the UK total at 392,000 tonnes (source is ICER Waste Arisings Estimates 2000).
|EU Waste Directive|
|Large Household Appliances|
Washing Machines, Dryers, Refrigerators, Air-conditioners etc.
|Small Household Appliances|
Vacuum Cleaners, Coffee Machines, Irons, Toasters etc.
| Office, Information & Communication Equipment
PCs, Latops, Mobiles, Telephones, Fax Machines, Copiers, Printers etc.
| Entertainment & Consumer Electronics|
Televisions, VCR/DVD/CD Players, Hi-Fi Sets, Radios etc.
Fluorescent Tubes, Sodium Lamps etc. (Except: Bulbs, Halogen Bulbs)
|Electric and Electronic Tools|
Drills, Electric Saws, Sewing Machines, Lawn Mowers etc. (Except: large stationary tools/machines)
|Toys, Leisure, Sports and Recreational Equipment|
Electric Train Sets, Coin Slot Machines, Treadmills etc.