What you need to know about WEEE

7th March 2011

WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. In the context of retail design, this usually means lights and light bulbs, audio visual displays, security cameras, and any other piece of electronic equipment you might use as part of a retail display or on the shop floor. It also applies to any temporary electronics installed as parts of pop up shops. Even fire alarm systems are included.

Some electronic components include substances that are environmentally unfriendly and need to be disposed of carefully. For example, laptop and phone batteries usually contain chemicals that should not be released into the wider world in case they get into the water table or end up polluting soil. When any piece of electronic equipment breaks you should check the WEEE regulations to find out how to get rid of it. That goes for families and individuals at home as well as private companies and shops.

Some things can just be thrown away with your normal rubbish, but others cannot. The Environment Agency provide good guidance about which is which and what can be done with certain difficult items. Often recycling is an option. That is great for the environment because it means less garbage going to landfill and a reduced need to manufacture more products.

If you would like to know about the waste and environmental implications of any of the components we are planning on using in a design, do not hesitate to get in touch. Our designers consider all factors before deciding on a particular product and we will be delighted to help you make environmentally sound choices.