Large household appliances currently make up over 40% of WEEE but there are large volumes of other equipment such as IT equipment (mainly computers), TVs (over two million discarded each year), small household appliances (e.g. kettles and hair dryers), electrical tools, digital watches, electronic toys and medical devices.
Such items contain a wide variety of materials e.g. an average TV contains 6% metal and 50% glass, whereas a cooker is 89% metal and only 6% glass. Other materials found include plastics, ceramics and precious metals. As a result of this complex mix of product types and materials, some of which are hazardous (including arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury and certain flame retardants) WEEE recycling must be professionally managed.
At Environmental Concern Ltd, we have treatment facilities which utilise large-scale shredding technologies, whilst other use a disassembly process, which can be manual, automated or a combination of both. All recycling process take place on site by our skilled team.
Once on site, WEEE waste is segregated into non-hazardous and hazardous WEEE as well as data baring and non-data baring. Data baring equipment is processed accordingly and all hard drives are data erased and/or destroyed as appropriate.
Under the WEEE Directive we will aim to reuse equipment wherever possible. Equipment that cannot be remarketed is stripped for metals, plastics etc and segregated for recycling and reuse in recycled products.