Household WEEE to be treated as hazardous

Most household waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) must now be classified as waste containing persistent organic pollutants (POPs), according to updated guidance from the Environment Agency.

This means most household WEEE must now be treated as hazardous unless it can be proved otherwise.

Most household WEEE must now be treated as hazardous unless it can be proved otherwise

The few exceptions include large domestic appliances and some LED, halogen and incandescent lightbulbs and lamps.

In a statement directed at ‘environmental management’ and the WEEE recycling sector published on 8 June, the Environment Agency said: “We have updated this guide to reflect a revision of the Persistent Organic Pollutant Regulations in 2019.”

The Environment Agency statement explained: “Following a study to examine the presence of POPs in waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), we have clarified the requirements for how you must manage WEEE.”

The updated guidance can now be read here.

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