Guidance on Collecting and Treating Waste Electricals

The way in which Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is collected and treated can impact on the potential to recover valuable raw materials. Using the regulatory and best practice guidance below, your company can maximise the value to be gained from products at the end of their initial lifecycle.

What can my organisation do?

WRAP has researched and developed a number of reports, guides, tools and case studies to inform companies operating in the electrical and electronic products supply chain how they can maximise economic value when collecting and treating WEEE.

To reap the financial and environmental benefits of considering waste, recycling and re-use in your product lifecycle, use WRAP’s rigorous independent research to inform your thinking and guide your future work:

Let’s get started

Following the 5-step guide below, you can get to grips with the rules and regulations surrounding WEEE collection and treatment, creating working partnerships and making the most of WEEE re-use.  

Step 1: Realise the potential value in collecting WEEE

WRAP’s 2011 research into WEEE collections indicated that 23% of the WEEE separately collected at Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) could be re-used with a small amount of repair. That’s almost a quarter of disposal products that still hold usable value!

To find out how your business could be making the most of re-use from WEEE collections, follow the links below:

The Value of Household WEEE Collections >>
Tool: Re-use benefits calculator >>

Step 2: Meet the regulations

Are you meeting your legal obligations? All electrical and electronic distributors (whether selling in-store or online) are subject to the WEEE regulations, as prescribed by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS).

Find out more about the regulations and how to ensure your business complies, using the following link:

WEEE regulations on the Gov.uk website >>

Step 3: Toolkit and guidance

WRAP has developed specialist tools and advice to those looking to ensure their company meets the UK WEEE collection and treatment regulations. 

Find out how you can benefit from our toolkit using the links below: 

WEEE Retailer's Toolkit >>
WEEE Good Practice Guide >>

Step 4: Get certified 

Certification bodies across the industry provide independent accreditation services for treatment facilities wishing to gain the PAS 141 Certification. 

Find out more about accredited schemes, and details of the accreditation required, by following the links below: 

PAS 141: The re-use quality specification >>

Step 5: Create a partnership

WRAP believes partnerships are key in re-use models. 

Find out more about building and maintaining successful re-use partnerships using the links below:

Partnerships are key >>
Video case studies >>

Next step: Find specific guidance

Find specific product guidance to support better collection and treatment of individual products, using the link below:

Guidance on WEEE materials >> 

Further Information

For further information on re-use and repair in the Sustainable Electricals and Electronic Products sector, sign up to receive the WRAP Re-use and Repair e-zine, or contact our experts.

Where Next?

Want to know more about re-use and recycling in sustainable electricals? Take a look at our reports, guides, tools and case studies for further information:

Reports >>
Guides >>
Tools >>
Case studies >>