Waste electrical amnesties
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is one of Europe's fastest growing waste streams, with the average UK household throwing away 3.3 tonnes of it in a lifetime. Get involved now by hunting through your cupboards, shed and garage for unwanted, broken or old electrical and electronic equipment.
Keep a reusable bag somewhere in the kitchen for Small-WEEE and then when the bag is getting full, bring it with you when you are next passing one of the Permanent small-electricals recycling banks or your nearest recycling centre. Every item of Small-WEEE can help Perth and Kinross reach the 60% Recycling Target for 2020.
Examples of unwanted small electrical items (Small-WEEE)
Kettles, timers, electronic scales, toasters, telephones, hair-straighteners, leads, chargers, speakers, remote controls, children's electrical toys, radios, lamps, sat-navs, IT equipment, DIY tools, powered garden tools, gadgets.
Does your unwanted item still work?
Before Recycling your WEEE, consider whether it is still working and can instead be passed on to a new home for reuse?
- IT equipment can be passed on for reuse at Perth College UHI WEEE Centre
- Working white goods can be passed on to Home Economics in Perth
- Working small electrical items and working white goods can be passed on to PUSH in Perth
For more ideas about reuse, visit the Charity Shop Map.
Reasons to recycle WEEE
- Electrical items contain many valuable resources and raw materials including precious metals, steel, aluminium, copper and circuit boards which can be salvaged for reuse when they are diverted from landfill for recycling.
- The electrical and electronic equipment collected in Perth and Kinross is recycled locally - at Viridor in Perth - which employs local people.
- If WEEE was not recycled, it would end up being sent for disposal in landfill. In 2019/20, disposing waste to landfill costs over £100 per tonne.
- UK electrical waste from 2012 to 2020 is predicted to total more than 12 million tonnes, containing in the region of £7 billion worth of precious metals.