The process of WEEE recycling in the UK

by | May 7, 2017 | Environmental, Recycling, Where does waste go

The process of WEEE recycling in the UK

by | May 7, 2017 | Environmental, Recycling, Where does waste go

What is WEEE Waste?

WEEE Waste is electrical and electronic equipment powered either via a battery or plug that no longer work. These items can be classed as either household or non-household waste.

 

So, what happens to these electrical items once we have collected it from you for recycling?

It all starts with the collection of your electrical waste for recycling. These are then taking to a reprocessing plant where they are shredded into small pieces so they can be recycled. Follow the steps below to find out where your WEEE waste goes:

The process of WEEE waste recycling in the UK

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Step 1 | ITEMS ARE SHREDDED

The waste electrical items are shredded into small pieces ready to be recycled.

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Step 2 | MAGNETS ARE USED

Strong magnets are used to remove ferrous metals such as steel. Non-magnetic metals like aluminium parts are separated using an eddy current.

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Step 3 | DIFFERENT PLASTICS ARE IDENTIFIED

Different types of plastic are identified and can be sorted using near infra light or density separation.

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Step 4 | RAW MATERIALS IDENTIFIED

Each raw material is sent to be made into something brand new. For example, zinc from mobile phones could be used in ship building or for galvanizing railings and lamp posts. Any gold found in gaming consoles can be made into jewelry. Plastic from lawn mowers could be used in musical instruments and an iron can be used to produce 13 steel cans.

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Step 5 | A GREENER SOLUTION

Recycling electrical items is an environmentally friendly option. Unwanted electronics can and should be recycled because they contain really valuable raw materials saving resources and energy.

At The Waste Company we believe in all things green! Join us and put your WEEE waste through the recycling process. You will be making a long-term difference to our environment:

 

  • Help conserve and re-use valuable raw materials
  • Help reduce the consumption on energy in the UK
  • Help lessen the solid waste ending up in UK landfills
  • Help to lower soil and water contamination to conserve wildlife and human health

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