WEEE in Europe has grown at a staggering pace with consumers using more and more electronics in their day-to-day lives. When not disposed of properly, WEEE can be very harmful to human health. For example, TVs can contain lead which can be toxic to kidneys and nervous and reproductive systems, and could inhibit the mental development of young children and Foetuses if people are exposed to them after they have been improperly disposed of at the end of their lives.
What’s more, the amount of room left in landfills across UK is steadily decreasing. There simply isn’t room for electrical items to be thrown into them anymore.
Recycling reduces our dependence on depleting natural resources as Electrical and Electronic Equipment and batteries contain metals, plastics and even glass that can be used again if recovered properly through recycling. Recycling is an important part of creating a sustainable world as it benefits society, the environment and makes economic sense by creating jobs. Before the WEEE Regulations 2005, much of the WEEE in UK ended up in landfills.