Waste Recycling Legislation

Waste Disposal and Recycling Legislation

Pure Planet Recycling operates within all relevant Waste Regulations. We aim to keep you up to date with news on current and future legislation. We have provided links to the main environmental and legislation websites to make this easier as below:

Waste Legislation and Regulations | Environment Agency | Defra | Wrap

WEEE Regulations

What are the WEEE Regulations?

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations apply to electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) in the categories listed below with a voltage of up to 1000 volts for alternating current or up to 1500 volts for direct current.

You will need to comply with the WEEE Regulations if you generate, handle or dispose of waste that falls under one of ten categories of WEEE:

  • Large household appliances
  • Small household appliances
  • IT and telecommunications equipment
  • Consumer equipment
  • Lighting equipment
  • Electrical and electronic tools
  • Toys, leisure and sports equipment
  • Medical devices
  • Monitoring and control equipment
  • Automatic dispensers

The WEEE Regulations apply to importers, producers, retailers and users of EEE, and to businesses that treat or recover WEEE.

The regulations aim to:

  • Reduce waste from electrical and electronic equipment
  • Encourage the separate collection of WEEE
  • Encourage treatment, reuse, recovery, recycling and sound environmental disposal of WEEE
  • Make producers of EEE responsible for the environmental impact of their products
  • Improve the environmental performance of all those involved during the lifecycle of EEE

Further government information regarding the WEEE regulations.

Hazardous Waste Premises Registration

The Hazardous Waste Premises Registration system is no-longer in use. Previously businesses that produced more than 500kg in a 12 month period had to register with the Environment Agency for their premises. We explained the changes in full via a blog post about hazardous waste producers registration. If you need advice concerning the changes please feel free to call us.