Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment or WEEE waste is any broken or unwanted electrical or electronic equipment such as loud-speaker, toaster, mobile phone or any small electric device; battery or a mains powered.

On average, each person in the UK buys 3 new electrical items each year – that’s about 170 million items across the UK. However, only a small number of the electrical items already in the home, whether they’re broken or just unwanted, end up being recycled. Many of us are not aware that items such as irons, toasters and mobile phones can be recycled so they just end up sitting unused in a cupboard or drawer, or are simply thrown in the bin.

All electrical items can be recycled and if they are sent for recycling, they can be turned into new products.

Many households are full of broken or unused small WEEE items. Disposing of WEEE waste properly is not only important for the environment but also enables the materials used within these items to be recycled.

What is TRAID?

  • Protecting the environment by diverting clothes and shoes from landfill
  • Reducing world poverty by raising funds for international development projects
  • Educating the UK public on environmental and world poverty issues

TRAID operates over 1000 textile recycling banks across the UK. TRAID collects the clothing and shoes donated by the public from our Clothes Recycling Banks, and then bring the textiles to our warehouse where it is hand sorted. Sorted clothing is then sold back to the public in one of TRAID’s 11 charity shops. The money raised by TRAID through its clothes reuse and environmental activities is used to expand TRAID’s recycling activities, educate the UK public and are donated to international development projects.

What else does TRAID do?

Since 2005 our education programme has worked with over 100,000 young people discussing textile waste and the textile supply chain and developing basic sewing skills.

Since TRAID launched in 1999, we have funded 38 projects and committed over 3 million pounds to improve the lives of people living in some of the poorest communities in the world. Since 2012 the profits raised from the resale of reclaimed clothing fund projects to create a clothing industry free from human exploitation and environmental damage. So far we have donated over £2,140,000 to textile industry projects.  Due to TRAID funding more than 640,000 textile workers are now experiencing better wages and conditions.

To keep up to date, visit TRAID’s projects page: www.traid.org.uk/projects  to find out more.

Why is TRAID working with Harrow council to collect WEEE?

TRAID have partnered with Harrow council and West London Waste Authority to tackle the issue of textiles and WEEE in the waste in west London. Together we will be promoting alternatives for your unwanted textiles and waste electricals including recycling options such as home collections, and great textile re-use/repair events. For more information on what you can do with your WEEE or to find out what activities are happening please visit: www.westlondonwaste.gov.uk/weee

What is the West London Waste Authority?

West London Waste Authority (WLWA) is the Waste Disposal Authority (WDA) responsible for the disposal of rubbish collected from residents’ homes in six boroughs in west London – Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames.

Their Waste Minimisation Team run events and work with each council’s Waste & Recycling team as well as other partners to help west London residents Reduce, Re-use and Recycle as much of their waste as possible. Find out more about West London Waste.