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Dealing with hazardous WEEE

Dealing with hazardous WEEE

Some waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is classified as hazardous/special waste. This includes WEEE that contains hazardous components or substances such as:

  • polychlorinated biphenyls, eg in capacitors
  • ozone-depleting substances, eg in fridges and freezers
  • asbestos
  • fluorescent tubes
  • nickel cadmium batteries
  • cathode ray tubes, eg in some televisions and older computer monitors.

What you must do

You must store waste safely and securely to prevent pollution. You must keep different types of hazardous/special waste separate, and keep hazardous/special waste and non-hazardous waste separate.

If you are responsible for disposing of WEEE and it contains hazardous substances you must make sure it is treated at an approved authorised treatment facility that is authorised to accept hazardous waste.

Find your nearest waste site

Hazardous/special waste

In this guideline

Businesses affected by the WEEE Regulations

Equipment covered by the WEEE Regulations

Producers of electrical and electronic equipment – What you must do

Distributors of electrical and electronic equipment – What you must do

Users of electrical and electronic equipment – What you must do

Repairing, refurbishing and storing WEEE

Treating and recycling WEEE

Exporting WEEE

Operating a WEEE producer compliance scheme

Dealing with hazardous WEEE

WEEE environmental legislation

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