4 things you need to know to deal with batteries and electronic waste

4 things you need to know to deal with batteries and electronic waste…

Does your business produce electronic waste or waste batteries?

You need to follow the correct procedure for disposing of them. If you don’t, your company could face a substantial fine for breaching HSE regulations.

This is 4 things you need to know to deal with batteries and electronic waste…

What is WEEE?

WEEE stands for waste electrical and electronic equipment. This covers electrical and electronic equipment at the end of its life, almost everything with a plug or battery.

That includes computers, mobile phones, photocopiers, printers, tablets, kettles, toasters, microwave ovens, fridges, lamps, shredders, and other office and factory equipment.

WEEE items are classed as household or non-household.

Most items are sold with a label showing a crossed-out wheelie bin meaning they should not be placed in general household waste.

What are the 10 categories of WEEE?

  • Small household appliances
  • Large household appliances
  • Consumer equipment
  • Lighting equipment
  • IT and telecommunications equipment
  • Medical devices
  • Electronic and electrical tools
  • Leisure and sports equipment and toys
  • Instruments for monitoring and control
  • Automatic dispensers

How can WEEE waste be moved?

Any hazardous waste produced or shipped by businesses, including batteries and some items covered by the WEEE regulations, must have a consignment note if it is moved.

Hazardous WEEE waste includes fridges and freezers which contain ozone-depleting chemicals and electronic items with capacitors which contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

This includes collections by registered waste carriers, movements between premises in the same business, and movements from your customers’ sites. The only exceptions are domestic waste, and waste covered by international waste shipment controls – when a different note is used.

The note must have the details of who has the waste and where it is going. It must also describe the waste and how it was created, detail the quantity and any chemical components.

Your carrier must enter their details, including the vehicle which will transporting it.

At each step of the process, the details must be checked, and signed off by the business sending the waste, the carrier, and those receiving it.

Find out more about consignment notes here: https://www.gov.uk/dispose-hazardous-waste/consignment-notes

What are the rules for its disposal?

WEEE waste has to be taken to an approved authorised treatment facility where it is weighed and categorised.

The items are then broken up and component parts recycled and re-used wherever possible, while hazardous waste is processed safely.

Anyone dealing with waste batteries must be an approved battery treatment operator and evidence notes must be kept as proof. Find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/waste-batteries-treat-recycle-and-export

Ensure your batteries and WEEE waste are dealt with safely and securely. We offer secure destruction – or if you’ve wiped your computer hard drives, we can recycle them. They can then be used by local charities, for example. Need advice? Call us on 0191 6824142 or Email: enquiries@inspirewaste.co.uk


How to save money by recycling

How to save money by recycling

Sending waste to landfill is expensive.

The average charge at the moment is between £80 and £90 per tonne (including the landfill tax and depending on which area of the UK you’re in).

The cost increases every year as local authorities push businesses and households to recycle more.

The UK government has introduced stringent regulations which include reducing the amount of waste councils send to landfill.

Waste prevention charity WRAP says the cost of dealing with waste can be up to 4% of a business’ turnover. The charity says that most businesses can save 1% of that with little or no extra cost.

Think about how much that could save your bottom line.

Under the waste regulations 2011 (England & Wales), businesses also have a legal duty to keep waste to a minimum by recycling and reusing items or recovering item from waste.

It must be sorted and stored safety and companies have to complete a transfer note for each load of waste which leaves their premises.

Businesses must check their waste carrier is registered to deal with their waste and that no loads are dumped illegally.

Businesses disposing of their own waste have to register was a waste carrier to do so.

Breaching the regulations could lead to a business facing a substantial fine.

One of the key things your business could do to save money by recycling, and ensure regulations are complied with, is to use an experienced waste management firm like Inspire Waste.

None of the contractors we use will take items directly to landfill and their operations are legally compliant. We aim to reduce our clients’ costs and their impact on the environment.

Waste management companies carry out waste audits for their customers, highlighting areas where they can boost recycling rates and cut costs.

Each business is different. Some produce manufacturing waste during their production processes, other office-based businesses have high rates of paper and cardboard waste and need to recycle electronic equipment.

Here’s what your business could recycle:

  • Electronic equipment
  • Glass
  • Metals
  • Organic waste
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Plastics
  • Textiles
  • Tyres
  • Wood

Removing these items from your general waste could slash the weight of items you’re sending to landfill.

Newspapers can be recycled into packaging or egg boxes, printer paper can be recycled into high quality paper, and organic waste can be composted.


To find out how to save money by recycling in your business, call us on 0191 6824142.

Inspire Waste Management

Welcome to Inspire Waste Management

Firstly welcome to the website of inspire waste management
I’m richard tucker director of inspired waste and I thought I’d start the blog rolling with some frequently asked questions
What size bin do I need ?
We offer a wide range of bins to suit all needs, often businesses start with a like for like swap from their previous supplier, we can always swap the size of bin later in your contract if you find your needs change
What does it cost ?
Waste management companies are notorious for hidden charges at inspire we do it differently, we are clear transparent on costs and give you the price the unit will be with no hidden extras
Who should I call if I have a problem?
All service enquirers should be directed to our service team on 0191 6824142
Do I need to leave my bin out the night before ?
Only if your bin is kept inside or in a locked compound, for the vast majority of customers there is no need to move your bin around
What if my bin gets stolen ?
Bins can be expensive to replace, we always advise out customers to take out container insurance this way you can have peace of mind no additional bills will be coming your way