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WEEE and Textile Collections

At Biffa we help local authorities divert small domestic waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) from disposal, whether it’s landfill or energy from waste (EfW).

Since 2012, our WEEE collection initiative has collected over 425 tonnes of WEEE (as of July 2015).

The Importance of WEEE Recycling and Textile Recycling

Many households are full of broken or unused WEEE waste, from small items such as electric toothbrushes, to bigger items such as kettles. However as there are many regulations in place for WEEE disposal it can often be a challenge to dispose of this waste. With such roadblocks, many homeowners simply consign their WEEE to household waste bins.

WEEE has a long and environmentally toxic life-span. Disposing of this waste properly, is not only important for the environment, but also enables the high value components and materials used within the appliances to be recycled, and maybe even reused.

Disposing of WEEE waste and textiles

Although local authorities do have designated textile and WEEE collection points, they aren’t on a scheduled basis and are not convenient household kerbside collections. So, our solution at Biffa was to offer regular doorstep collections, as well as batteries and textiles. Enabling homeowners to easily recycle their WEEE and textiles rather than placing it in their waste bins.

How do our WEEE and Textile Collections work?

Our WEEE, battery and textile collections operate seamlessly with our refuse and recycling collections. Residents simply put out their WEEE waste and textile waste into carrier bags alongside their normal rubbish containers on their relevant collection day. Biffa then collects these bags as part of their collection, placing them in a cage in the vehicle under-body. When the collection vehicle reaches the Biffa depot, cage contents are then decanted into dedicated bins or skips. Once full, bulk loads of this waste are transported to an authorised WEEE reprocessor through Biffa’s compliance scheme, Transform.

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