U.K. closer to hazardous waste label for some WEEE

U.K. closer to hazardous waste label for some WEEE

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News

Jan. 31, 2014

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) regulators in the U.K. have taken what appears to be a significant step in designating small mixed WEEE (SMW) as hazardous waste.

In a final draft of a document released in December, U.K.'s Environment Agency (EA) wrote: "We consider SMW to be typically small items of WEEE, some of which contain hazardous components." By identifying SMW as containing hazardous components, EA will require producers to label – or consign – SMW loads as hazardous and treat them as such.

The document adds, "It is the producer's responsibility to classify their wastes appropriately."

Some examples of hazardous components in SMW, as cited by EA: nickel cadmium batteries that exist in power tools, mercury gas discharge lamps in larger LCD screens and mercury switches built into older coffee machines and telephones.

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