WEEE regulations

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) came into force in this country on the 1st July 2007. The Directive aims to minimise the impact of electrical and electronic goods on the environment by increasing re-use and recycling, and reducing the amount of WEEE going to landfill.

City Shredding Services are registered with the Environment Agency to collect and manage your hazardous waste prior to recovery at various Waste Management Sites. We take what we do very seriously and make sure we provide our clients with full compliance to all the relevant regulations.

It can all get very complicated, so we will provide you with a Hazardous Waste Consignment Note detailing LOW Codes, Packaging Groups, UN Identification Number, Shipping Name’s, UN Class and Handling Requirements for you.

Each of the items on the list below is classed as Hazardous Waste:

Old TV and computer monitors (CRT’s)

 Fridges & freezers

 Fluorescent  tubes and Lamps

 Lead acid batteries


Earlier CRT (cathode ray tube) Monitors and TVs are full of chemicals that harm the environment, most contain mercury, arsenic, cadmium, lead and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The cathode ray tube can contain 2 kilos of lead alone. If they end up in landfill and the toxic substances leech into the ground and water supplies they will cause serious environmental damage.

Why recycle

Once the plastic casing has been removed the cathode ray tube is exposed. Within the tube is a vacuum seal, to prevent this from imploding specialized equipment is used to dismantle it. The tube contains phosphorous and when it is removed the glass can be recycled. All the plastics, circuit boards and wires are separated and undergo further processes to remove the different types of metals e.g. copper, iron, steel and gold. Lead is also removed from the glass tube.

How can we help?

We will collect your redundant or broken units and take for recovery/recycling to a specialist waste management site. Issuing you with a Hazardous Waste Consignment Note.

*If you produce more than 500kg of Hazardous Waste per year you will need to register with the Environment Agency before we can take it away?



A fluorescent tube consists of about 94% glass, 4% metals and 2% chemicals. If not disposed of properly, the mercury contained in a single tube could contaminate up to 30,00 litres of water  beyond a safe dinking level.

Why recycle

All types of tubes and lamps can be recycled. The tubes and lamps are crushed so that the chemicals can be removed for reuse and the glass, metal and plastic recovered.

What can we do

We will discuss with you what type of tubes and lamps you use, view where they are to be stored and the volumes you expect to create and advise on a suitable container for you to use.

On acceptance of our quote, we will arrange a collection schedule to suit your needs.

*If you produce more than 500kg of Hazardous Waste per year you will need to register with the Environment Agency before we can take it away?



Now days most people are aware that the ozone layer protects us from ultraviolet radiation (UV), in particular ultraviolet B radiation (UVB), which causes sun burn and damage to the skin. Problems with the ozone layer were first noticed in the early seventies. But it wasn’t until 1985, that a hole in the ozone layer over the Antarctic was found and in 1994 it was calculated to be 24 million km2. It’s caused when CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) are released into the atmosphere, when they reach the stratosphere they are broken down by ultraviolet radiation (UV) which releases chlorine, this acts as a catalyst destroying the ozone layer.

You may think what’s this got to do with my old fridge/freezer, while others presume it’s all about the gas in the circuit (chlorinated fluorocarbons), blamed for the serious effect on the earths ozone layer. CFCs are also found in the insulation foam of old fridges/freezers and HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons) or HFC’s (hydrofluorocarbons) in the newer ones. These chemicals can be released into atmosphere causing further damage if they are not recycled properly.

How we can help?

We will collect your fridge/freezer from anywhere in the building, issue you with a Hazardous Waste Consignment Note and deliver to a registered enviroment agency waste treatment site for recycling.

*If you produce more than 500kg of Hazardous Waste per year you will need to register with the Environment Agency before we can take it away?



Lead acid batteries contain sulphuric acid and lead, which are both very toxic and come under the Hazardous Waste Act 1989 which prohibits them being sent to landfill.

How can we help?

We can collect and deliver to a registered waste management site for recycling. Providing you with a Hazardous Waste Consignment Note detailing all relevant codes and movements for your full compliance to the regulations.

*If you produce more than 500kg of Hazardous Waste per year you will need to register with the Environment Agency before we can take it away?

Why Recycle

It’s estimated that nearly 6 million tons of lead is used globally, with around 4 million tons used in lead acid batteries e.g. car batteries and IT back up units. When a lead acid battery will not hold a charge anymore, it doesn’t mean that the lead inside the battery is of no use. In fact it has probably been used many times before.

Recycling can recover 96% of the materials collected. The lead plates can be melted down and used in new batteries ,the hard plastic body can be reused to make various types of plastic products and the acid, neutralised and discharged to be used as water again.

* www.environment-agency.gov.uk

For more information about this and any other services and products we supply:

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