Waste Electricals and Electronics Equipment (WEEE) – A Growing Waste Problem
Hi there! Andrew here with a new blog post looking at electrical and electronic waste.
In today’s world, we depend on electrical and electronic items for everything that we do. From keeping us connected to friends and loved ones, to helping us send emails at work. Electrical and electronic items are so ingrained within our everyday lives that if they were taken away, we would be lost without them.
It is believed that in Britain alone millions of mobile phones are not active and are stored away in pull out drawers and cupboards. Take a second to think about how many mobile phones you currently have lying around your house? A scary thought!
The Recycling Team has embarked on the TechKnow project, to encourage school, college, and university students to hand in their old IT equipment.
The project is being carried out in collaboration with Re-Tek, a specialist ICT re-sale company and Enscape, a resource efficiency consultancy. Collections are being carried out by third sector organisations in Aberdeen Instant Neighbour, CFine and Somebody Cares.
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment is one of the fastest growing waste streams in Europe and it is believed that only 30 % of this WEEE is properly collected and recycled. Unfortunately, much of the electrical and electronic waste that is thrown away each day has the potential of being repaired or resold.
Collection points are being set up at schools and universities to collect used, but functional IT equipment e.g. phones, tablets, laptops, digital cameras, etc.
A series of workshops and activities have been created to teach pupils about how they can give electrical items a second life through repair and reuse. The activities and workshops that have been created are accessible from the Council website.
Since the project launch several university halls of residences have signed up for collections, along with many primary and secondary schools.
The project is allowing families in Aberdeen to donate unwanted personal ICT equipment.
Recycling of WEEE from inside schools, including their ICT items, already takes place through a separate collection process for commercial equipment.
Hopefully this project, will educate the next generation about WEEE and give electrical and electronic items a second life!