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Out with the old, in with the new!

As we embark on a new and (hopefully) better year, the team at Site Solutions wanted to tackle a topical issue – what are we going to do with the old electricals that have been upgraded over Christmas?

The festive period creates masses amounts of waste every year, most of which is easily recycled or sent to landfill, but electrical appliance waste is a different kettle of fish and requires safe and secure disposal.

Fast Facts:

  • Did you know?… On average, each person in the UK buys almost three new electrical items each year – or around 170 million nationally. (recyclenow.com)
  • Electrical waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the UK and in the world, with discarded or hoarded household electricals estimated to cost the UK economy over £370 million per year of lost valuable raw materials such as gold, copper, aluminium and steel. (circularonline.co.uk)

What is classed as electrical waste?

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013, is a UK legislation created for the safe disposal of electrical appliances such as fridges, freezers, microwaves, laptops etc. The regulations ensure such appliances are diverted from either landfill or incineration and either recycled or disposed of correctly and safely.

It is the metals inside electrical appliances that can cause serious harm to soil and water courses as they can  become polluted. Lead, Mercury and Cadmium are amongst the harmful metals in question and strict penalties are in place for careless and dangerous disposal.

What happens to electrical appliance waste?

All electrical waste is transported to a specialised plant where appliances are shredded into small pieces, metals removed using strong magnets and electronic and plastic components separated. Extracted materials such as some plastics and metals are then reused in new products.

Designated areas at most landfill centres are available for one off home appliances, but if a hassle free, simple service is what you need – let the experts take care of this for you!

The most important part of any disposal process is using a responsible and trusted business to manage your waste. The blame of incorrect disposal lies with the owner of the waste. In short, research is paramount, steer clear of cheap, incomparable rates from  companies that seem too good to be true. Experience tells us, they probably are!

Site Solutions only work with certified electrical waste removal specialists throughout the UK. Our expert team can organise the collection and proper disposal of your electrical items and electronic appliances.