WEEE Disposal: The Economy’s Secret Weapon?
The extent of the government’s borrowing has been laid bare, standing at a third of a trillion pounds. But what’s WEEE disposal got to do with the economy?
The answer is actually quite simple. There is a strong case to say that it won’t just benefit the planet, but it will actually help us financially too. Recently, a UK thinktank suggested that the rescue and repair of household goods could create a range of new highly and lower skilled jobs.
Responsible WEEE disposal will make sure that such goods can be saved and are not illegally dumped somewhere else. And it saves local authorities money, with landfill costing £18 per tonne in some cases.
And the Right To Repair law, which was introduced last month, has put the power back in the hands of the consumer. It means manufacturers have to make spare parts available for repairs and the law allows us to decide who should fix our broken items.
The objective is to reduce the amount of electrical items that end up as waste and should make repairs more appealing. But there will still be a need for WEEE disposal even with the new law in place.
WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. This includes white goods such as ovens, fridges and washing machines as well as televisions and smaller appliances such as kettles.
But why could it be considered a secret weapon for the economy? We reveal all by answering those all-important questions.
Why is correct WEEE disposal so important?
Due to some of the chemicals inside them, they have to be handled carefully as they are considered to be toxic waste. So it should come as no surprise that both land, water and animals are harmed when these goods are put in landfill. The chemicals can also be harmful to humans too which is why responsible decisions have to be made.
What makes old, broken white goods so financially appealing?
With a bit of know-how, we could set up businesses or offer services refurbishing items using safe and working parts. In other words, we could quite quickly turn goods into cash. All kinds of businesses are important for the economy and any that support the planet should have some appeal. Refurbished items are also worth decent money.
Can something like this really create jobs?
Yes, according to the thinktank. If promoting spares and repairs is now a key objective, then skilled workers who can fix items are needed. Experts from the Green Alliance suggest that any new jobs created would fill the void left by traditional manufacturing jobs. Needless to say that jobs are critical to the economy too.
Who can help me if I need some electrical items disposing of?
CBS Waste, of course. Disposing of electrical items correctly is very important, but we are fully licensed and provide Waste Transfer Notices on jobs. We don’t just specialise in WEEE disposal and can take away household and garden waste too. Our team will dispose of your waste responsibly and you can be assured that none of it will be fly-tipped.