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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment(WEEE)

The amount of WEEE generated in the Community is growing rapidly. The content of hazardous components in electrical equipment (EEE) is a major concern for environmental management.

The aim of the legislation on waste electrical and electronic equipment is to address and minimise the environmental impacts of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) when it reaches the end of its life. Gibraltar set up systems to facilitate and encourage its separate collection, subsequent treatment, re-use, recycling and ultimately environmentally sound disposal of WEEE.

Businesses dealing in electrical and electronic equipment have to assist in the collection of WEEE by providing a free take back service to enable purchasers to return their WEEE, when making a like for like purchase of new equipment. This means, for example, that when you purchase a DVD player you could return a record player. Businesses must accept if even if it is a different type or brand to those sold by them and even if the product was purchased elsewhere.

The WEEE Directive has been transposed into local law through the Environment (Waste) Regulations 2007 (WEEE Regulations). All electrical and electronic equipment used by consumers and electrical and electronic equipment intended for professional use are caught by the provisions of the WEEE Regulations.

The ten categories of WEEE are:

1. Large household appliances
2. Small household appliances
3.IT and telecommunications equipment
4.Consumer equipment
5. Light equipment
6. Electrical and electronic tools
7.Toys, leisure and sports equipment
8.Medical devices
9.Monitoring and control equipment
10.Automatic dispensers.

For the full list see guidance documents below.

The WEEE Regulations encompass all electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) in the above categories with a voltage of up to 1000 volts AC or up to 1500 volts DC.

If you wish to dispose of goods yourself, Government has provided various WEEE bins distributed throughout Gibraltar to provide ease of access to the local community for the recycling of small WEEE items. For information on the location of these bins please see below.

In addition, the Government has also set up a facility for the collection and sorting of all WEEE including large boilers, washing machines, etc. The facility allows the general public and traders to dispose of their WEEE at our Recycling Centre. It is situated at Europa Advance Battery, Europa Advance Road and operated by Gibraltar General Support Services Ltd. This sorting facility is available to the general public Mondays to Fridays 8am to 8pm and Saturdays, Sundays and most public holidays from 9am to 5pm.

For further information on the location of all current recycling bins please see document below:

- Table and Map of Recycling Bin Locations

A copy of the WEEE Regulations 2007 can be viewed at:
http://www.gibraltarlaws.gov.gi/articles/2007s125.pdf

Further details on how the WEEE Regulations affect you is found on:

- Environmental guidance on what the WEEE Regulations mean to you
- Don't bin it!
- EEE declaration form for importation
- WEEE poster