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WEEE Recycling

What is WEEE?

​​WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, which includes any electrical or electronic device that is no longer needed or wanted. This can include things like phones, laptops, TVs, appliances, lighting, batteries and more.

Other names for this type of waste include “electronic waste” or “e-waste”.

WEEE is a growing problem globally, with millions of tonnes of electronic waste being produced each year. In 2019, 53.6 Mt of e-waste was generated globally. This waste often ends up in landfills or is exported to developing countries, where it is often disposed of unsafely, causing harm to the environment and human health.

The disposal of WEEE in landfills was banned in South Africa on 23 August 2021. However, only around 10% of all e-waste is currently recycled.

We are dedicated to raising awareness about WEEE and promoting responsible e-waste management in the iLembe area.

Join us in our mission to protect the planet and promote responsible e-waste disposal. Contact us today to learn more about WEEE recycling and how you can make a difference.

The Top 4 Reasons You Should Be Recycling WEEE

1

Recycling WEEE is important for environmental and human health by preventing harmful toxins such as chromium, mercury, and lead from polluting the ground and waterways, posing a danger to our vital organs.

2

When WEEE materials are recycled, they no longer end up in landfills and pollute the environment. Instead, these materials can be transformed into something new. This reduces the need to extract virgin materials from the ground, which often requires energy and water-intensive mining practices. These practices can potentially cause high levels of pollution

3

It creates jobs in recycling and waste management. The recycling process requires expert labour and a booming recycling industry is great for the economy.

4

Recycling WEEE prevents raw materials from going to waste and preserves the Earth’s natural resources. Each year, over 50 million tonnes of WEEE are generated and can be recycled into a variety of valuable secondary materials as inputs into new products.

Types of WEEE and Items That Become E-Waste

E-waste or WEEE is unwanted electronic and electrical items such as computers, televisions, household appliances, lighting and batteries.

We can classify WEEE into 8 categories:

Large household appliances

Refrigerators and freezers
Washing machines
Dish washing machines

Ovens and stoves
Air conditioners

Electric heaters
Clothes dryers

Small household appliances

Microwaves
Electric hot plates
Vacuum cleaners
Electric fans

Irons
Toasters
Fryers and air fryers
Domestic coffee machines

Blenders, grinders, and juicers
Clocks and watches
Hair-cutting, hair drying, tooth brushing, and shaving accessories

Office, information & communication equipment

Cellphones
Telephones
Personal computers
Laptops

Tablets
Printers
Headphones and earphones
Portable HDDs

USB devices and flash drives
Projectors
Pocket and desk calculators
Other products and equipment

Consumer electronics and entertainment equipment

Television sets
Video cameras and recorders
Digital cameras
Hi-fi and radio systems

Audio amplifiers
Musical instruments
Electrical and electronic toys
Video games and VR headsets

Sports equipment and devices
Drones
GPS units

Light sources and lighting equipment

Fluorescent lamps
LED lights

Other lights and lamps
Lazers

Electric and electronic tools

Drills
Saws
Gardening tools

Sewing machines
Other construction equipment and tools

Security and healthcare equipment

CCTV equipment
Household alarm systems

Medical equipment
Fire detection systems

Mixed waste electrical and electronic equipment

Solar panels
Generators
Invertors

Antennas and connecting cables
Industrial and portable batteries

WEEE Recycling in iLembe

Find out more about WEEE drop-off points, collectors and recyclers in the iLembe area.

Recycling Other Waste

Learn about recycling all other types of waste in the iLembe area.

Get in Touch

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