Waste electrical & electronics equipment (WEEE)

WEEE symbolAnything that requires batteries or a plug to operate is classed as electrical or electronic.

The symbol used to represent waste electrical and electronic equipment is a crossed out wheeled bin with or without a single black line underneath the symbol. Items which have this symbol must be separated from general waste and made available for recycling or reuse.

Do not put WEEE items in your black refuse or red recycling bin.

Advice for householders

Tips on reducing waste and conserving resources. The three R's - reduce, reuse and recycle - all help to cut down on the amount of waste we throw away. They conserve natural resources, landfill space and energy, protecting our environment.

Reduce

Do you need a new electrical/electronic product? If you do try to buy it with a long life span.

Reuse

Most electrical equipment can be reused or broken down into parts. Always try to repair items rather than throwing them away, others may find a use for the item when you no longer want it. You could give it away, sell it, or donate it to charity.

Recycle

When you buy a new electrical or electronic product, find out if the retailer will take back your old one. If they can, they will arrange for it to be recycled or safely disposed of.

Small electrical items can be taken to one of the eight recycle bring banks, or you can take small and large appliances to the Chalvey Household Waste Recycling Centre. If the appliance is too big for you to transport, you may be able to arrange for a bulky item collection.

WEEE category codes

Symbol Explanation
large appliances

A: Large domestic appliance (LDA) such as:

  • washing machines
  • tumble dryers
  • cookers
fridges and freezers

B: Cooling appliances - such as:

  • refrigerators
  • freezers
TVs and monitors

C: Display equipment containing cathode ray tubes or liquid crystal displays (CRTs or LCDs) such as:

  • TVs
  • computers
  • monitors
fluorescent tubes

D: Gas discharge lamps such as:

  • energy saving lights bulbs
  • fluorescent light tubes
small appliances

E: All other WEEE - this is for anything not covered by the above, such as:

  • small household appliances
  • electrical tools
  • electronic toys
batteries

Batteries can be left in appliances, but if there is a separate container for batteries on site, please recycle them separately.

Why recycle WEEE items?

If WEEE goods end up in landfill, lead and other toxins contained in them can cause soil and water pollution, which can have a harmful effect on our health and environment. The amount of electrical and electronic waste we throw away increases each year. This makes it the fastest growing waste stream in the world due to new technologies being developed, an affluent society and a throw away lifestyle.