Community Waste Electricals Collection: Guidance and Checklists

8th February 2010

WRAP has developed a suite of guidance for community groups, schools, businesses and local authorities on how to hold successful WEEE collection events. 

Guidance

Guidance

Our guidance on local WEEE collections is divided by what the different organisations and community groups can do to improve WEEE collection rates in their local area. 

To find out more information related to your specific organisation, please use the following links: 

For more advice or further information on how to run a successful event, take a look at all our useful tips and resources in the useful tips or useful documents tabs. 

Useful Tips

Useful Tips

A lead organisation needs to undertake the role of overall coordination and planning for the day.

The first step is to engage with key individuals from:

  • The Local Authority
  • Producer Compliance Scheme
  • Approved Authorised WEEE Treatment Facility (AATF) / Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF)

The impact of the day will be greatly enhanced with the involvement of:

  • Third sector organisations. This will provide an important opportunity to reinforce the re-use message
  • Schools. Involvement in the day would be of particular interest to those schools who are working towards an Eco Schools award  or have active eco/school councils
  • Local media and press

Useful resources

Useful resources

To find more useful resources for community collection events, please visit the following pages:

Local authorities

Below are some of the benefits to you when running small WEEE collection days/events including a downloadable check sheet to help you get started.

  • Raises public awareness of the opportunity to dispose of their WEEE responsibly
  • Reinforces the relationship between compliance schemes and AATF/ATF
  • Aids partnership working
  • Provides opportunities to promote other Local Authority services

Download the local authority event checklist >> 

Schools

Below are some of the benefits to you when running small WEEE collection days/events including a downloadable check sheet to help you get started.

  • Enhances learning across the curriculum
  • Illustrates the link between consumer choices and decisions and the impact of those choices
  • Raises awareness of the need to dispose of surplus WEEE in an environmentally responsible way. Encourages active and responsible citizenship
  • Develops school-community links and facilitates partnership working with outside agencies
  • The Eco Day is key piece of good practice that contributes to the Informing & Involving Element of the Eco Schools programme

Download the schools event checklist >>

Producer compliance schemes

Below are some of the benefits to you when running small WEEE collection days/events including a downloadable check sheet to help you get started.

  • Reinforces the relationship with Local Authorities
  • Increases awareness and understanding of the opportunities to recycle electronics
  • Improves tonnage
  • Provides proof and evidence for producer responsibility
  • Provides further opportunities for business to business markets

Producer Compliance Schemes check sheet >>

A list of schemes can be found on the Environment Agency website >>

Approved authorised treatment facilities

Below are some of the benefits to you when running small WEEE collection days/events including a downloadable check sheet to help you get started.

  • Creates/reinforces a relationship with approved compliance schemes and Local Authorities
  • Increases understanding of how to improve communications
  • Improves tonnage
  • Increases brand awareness and provides opportunities to sell other services

Approved Authorised Treatment Facilities check sheet >>

Third sector organisations

Below are some of the benefits to you when running small WEEE collection days/events including a downloadable check sheet to help you get started.

  • Maximises genuine WEEE reuse and recycling of electricals and increases public trust
  • Helps organisations to gain access to quality items for reuse
  • Aides partnership working and collaboration
  • Raises public awareness and provides opportunities to promote services

Third Sector Organisations check sheet >>

Retailers or businesses

Below are some of the benefits to you when running small WEEE collection days/events including a downloadable check sheet to help you get started.

  • Increases understanding of how to improve communications with consumers
  • Provides opportunities for self promotion and positive public relations
  • Improves understanding of the requirements of others in the supply chain and the recycling journey
  • Helps to manage WEEE to maximize reuse and recycling
  • Contributes to corporate social responsibility (CSR) related activities

Retailers or Businesses check sheet >>

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 >>