In the UK, over 2 million tonnes of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) are thrown away by households and companies every single year. WEEE consists of products that typically have a plug or require a battery, so this includes all white appliances, televisions, radios and much more.
When such a large number of WEEE products are discarded each year, it’s important to ask the question, do you know how to properly dispose of appliances?
Should You Just Throw Your Appliance Away?
Many of us have had our appliances for a long while, so if it’s past the point of repair and it’s time to upgrade, discarding the old one properly is important. Often it’s necessary to remove the old one before the new one arrives due to space constraints, which can cause people to rush a removal decision.
Before discarding your appliance consider recycling it to ensure that less waste ends up in landfill or worse.
Can Your Appliance Be Recycled
The recyclability of your appliance depends on just a few factors. Firstly, what appliance you wish to recycle as they are all made up of different materials and contain hazardous substances. The appliance may also have a tag stating whether it is recyclable on it.
It is important to know that freezers and refrigerators contain gases that must be processed in a specific way to ensure they are safe and not hazardous to health or the environment.
One consideration is the extent of the issues your appliance has. If it just requires a few minor repairs it may be worth contacting local charities in order to donate it. They may have the facilities to repair and sell your old appliance to raise money.
Ultimately, when you consider upgrading your appliances, it’s important that you determine the environmental impact your old appliance may cause. Recycling them may be easier than you think and much better for the local environment.
Skip Hire Cardiff
Our skip hire service in Cardiff & Caerphilly allows for appliance removal. We make sure that we dispose of them in the most environmentally friendly way possible to ensure that the impact on the local environment is minimal.
We process all of the waste we collect in our skips in our very own waste treatment plant. This is so we can assure that all of the waste we manage is dealt with ethically.