Like most people, you probably use a fair amount of electrical goods and appliances. Once they meet the required life expectancy, perhaps they become unsafe to use, beyond repair or they simply break, it’s time to dispose of them. The important question is, what do you do with your electrical goods once they are unfit for use? We’re hoping the answer isn’t to throw them in the garbage. If you have unused, broken electrical goods lying around we’re going to be showing you how you can dispose of them safely. That way they can be recycled and their parts used to make something else.
Recycling Electrical Goods Helps the Environment
Recycling your appliances is by far the most responsible and safest way to dispose of your electrical goods. If left on a landfill site, they can cause a lot of damage to the environment with hazardous waste products. Electrical items are usually made of a variety of different materials including steel and iron, two materials which can be used again.
WEEE – Waste Electrical and Electrical Equipment Directive
This directive was first introduced in 2007 and it governs how European countries dispose of their electronic goods. It helps to ensure that everyone abides by the directive and that electrical goods don’t wind up on a landfill site. They don’t directly affect you as a consumer, but they do offer good advice and make it simpler for you to recycle your old appliances.
If It Has a Battery or a Plug, You Can Recycle It
You can recycle any electrical item if it has a battery or plug. This criteria then would apply to most large appliances which you use in the home such as white goods: freezers, fridges, washing machines and dishwashers. It also includes smaller household appliances like toasters and kettles and all IT equipment, such as laptops and phones. Audio items can also be recycled, these would include headphones and mp3 players, you can also get rid of things such hairdryers, straighteners and electric toothbrushes,
Always Check Whether Items are Suitable to Recycle
Does it have a plug?
Does it use a charger?
Does it use batteries?
Does it carry the WEEE wheelie bin logo?
GW Electrics - Premier Electricians Glasgow
If you’re looking for a professional electrician in Glasgow and the surrounding areas for a job you need doing around the home, get in touch with us here at GW Electrics. If you have any questions about what we’ve discussed today, that is the recycling of electrical goods, then give us a call and one of our team will be more than happy to talk it through with you. We’re a friendly bunch, so don’t be afraid to give us a call.