Most UK WEEE to be treated as hazardous

Most classes of domestic waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in the UK must now be classed as hazardous waste or containing persistent organic pollutants (POPs) unless it can be proved otherwise, according to updated guidance by the Environment Agency (EA).

The update in guidance on how to classify different types of waste was published by the EA on 8 June and stated that WEEE must be assessed to check whether it contains POPs over a certain amount.
The EA states that many forms of WEEE contain POPs, including: printed circuit boards; plastic casings, cables and other components; insulation foams; cooling agents; flame retardants; activated glass and screen phosphors; cathode ray tubes; capacitors; and Ni-Cd batteries.

Large domestic appliances (LDA), some LED, halogen and incandescent lightbulbs and lamps and some types of batteries are regarded by the EA as not usually containing significantly amounts of POPs.