In the UK, over 2 million tonnes of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) are thrown away by households and companies every year. WEEE consists of products that typically have a plug or require a battery. This includes all white appliances, televisions, radios, and much more.
When such a large number of WEEE products are discarded each year, it’s important to ask, how do you properly dispose of appliances?
Should You Just Throw Your Appliance Away?
Eventually, all appliances fall past the point of repair, and it’s time to upgrade. However, discarding the old one properly is important.
Many electrical appliances cannot be thrown away normally. Fridges, freezers, and air conditioning units all require special waste disposal procedures. This is to ensure that it doesn’t become hazardous waste and that as much of it is recycled as possible. For the full list, check out our guide on what can go in a skip.
Still unsure? Contact our waste disposal experts at Cardiff & Caerphilly Skips. We can guide you through how to sort your waste for proper disposal.
Can Your Appliance Be Recycled?
The recyclability of your appliance depends on just a few factors. Firstly, what appliance you wish to recycle as they are all made up of different materials and contain hazardous substances. The appliance may also have a tag stating whether it is recyclable on it.
It is important to know that freezers and refrigerators contain gases that must be processed in a specific way to ensure they are safe and not hazardous to health or the environment.
One consideration is the extent of the issues your appliance has. If it just requires a few minor repairs it may be worth contacting local charities in order to donate it. They may have the facilities to repair and sell your old appliance to raise money.
Ultimately, when you consider upgrading your appliances, it’s important that you determine the environmental impact your old appliance may cause. Recycling them may be easier than you think and much better for the local environment.
Skip Hire Cardiff
Our skip hire service in Cardiff & Caerphilly facilitates appliance removal. We make sure that we dispose of them in the most environmentally friendly way possible. We are committed to ensuring that the impact on the local environment is minimal.
We process all of the waste we collect in our skips in our very own waste treatment plant. This is so we can assure that all of the waste we manage is dealt with ethically.