WEEE Meaning and Examples

WEEE Meaning and Examples

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There is no ‘one-size fits all’ definition to WEEE as governments and authorities around the world may have slight variations on what is and isn’t classified. Even between The UK and the EU, there are two separate pieces of legislation that control how WEEE should be handled. If an item can be plugged in or uses batteries that will normally indicate that once it has come to the end of its use, it will be WEEE. In the UK you can also check your item appliance for the WEEE sign.


WEEE Definition

Most government resources choose to define WEEE by outlining clear categories.

This .gov page has broken down WEEE into the following categories:


  • large household appliances, small household appliances, IT and telecommunications equipment, consumer equipment, lighting equipment, electrical and electronic tools, toys, leisure and sports equipment medical devices, monitoring and control instruments, automatic dispensers, display screens, cooling appliances, gas discharge lamps and LED light source and photovoltaic panels.

Here are some examples of items that may fall into these categories. This will not be an exhaustive list so if you have an item on this list which you are unsure of, get in contact with us. Whether your waste is defined as WEEE or not, we’ll be able to provide a convenient solution.


  • Toys that use batteries, musical equipment, speakers, medical equipment like blood pressure readers, screens and monitors, phones, laptops and computers, lighting equipment, sports and exercise equipment such as treadmills, small household appliances like irons, white goods like fridges, ovens, coffee machines, IT equipment like card readers, chargers, digital thermostats, cameras and recorders, electronic tools like drills, games consoles and wires.

Even if you know you have a mix of different types of waste, we will be able to create a bespoke solution to your requirements. These scenarios often play out in home clearances where there is a multitude of different types of items. If you would like an instant quote based on the items you need to remove, you can try our waste calculator too.