If you are looking to dispose of any unwanted or old electrical goods, then the best way to do this is by recycling them. Only 1/3 of all electrical items bought are recycled annually. The following points are to alert those of the importance and practicality of recycling your electricals.
Why You Should Recycle Electrical Items?
Electrical equipment is made of many different materials, with the majority of these being recyclable. In a piece of equipment made of iron, there is enough steel in it to be made into at least 13 cans! As mentioned at the beginning, merely 1/3 of all electrical objects bought are being recycled, the total bought in around a year is approximately 170 million and this leaves an additional 113+ million electronic items that are just being thrown away, this allows potentially hazardous waste to enter landfills, of which, will be detrimental to the environment in the long run.
What Type of Electrical Items Can be Recycled?
Pretty much all electronics that use a plug or battery can be recycled, here is a list to give more insight on what this means:
- Any large household appliances, a refrigerator, freezer, microwave, washing machine, etc.
- IT equipment, including laptops, printers and smartphones.
- Smaller household appliances like, irons, toasters and kettles
- Tools such as drills, hedge trimmers, lawnmowers, hedge trimmers and sewing machines.
- Grooming gadgets, including toothbrushes, hairdryers and electric
Consider the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive or WEEE Directive, governs how manufacturers and retailers in European countries act with recycling, it became European Law in February 2003.
It is regularly updated and designed to ensure that there is a decrease in harmful waste entering landfills. Although the regulations of the WEEE Directive do not directly affect consumers, they still do make it simpler for you to dispose of your unwanted electricals.
How to Recycle Your Electrical Equipment
Recycling electrical goods is quite an easy process, there a multitude of easy options and process of how to this. You can:
- Simply take your unwanted electricals to a local recycling centre also known less formally as your nearest tip!
- As of the WEEE Directive, all retailers must provide a way for customers to dispose of their old household electrical and electronic equipment when they sell them a new version of a similar product. This can work as either a collection system or even a scheme within the store that allows you to take back your electronics.
- Local authorities and councils tend to offer household collection services for smaller electrical items like iron or toaster.