Today, I have finally had my weee collected. No not wee, that would be strange. WEEE. Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. It has been a surprisingly difficult challenge. In hind sight getting my wee collected would have been easier. But the WEEE has gone, and I am thrilled.
I have been collecting all WEEE that I have been unable to organise recycling of locally for a while. This is essentially all waste I generate that is not cardboard, rubble, fluorescent tubes or wire. The long list of waste includes lighting transformers, old consumer units, failed fans, switches and sockets, contactors and connectors, circuit boards, relays, light fittings (or luminaire), and other electronic and electrical parts that I have changed during my work. To the best of my knowledge and research, there is no company within or near to Macclesfield that will happily take all these items away and ensure that they will be recycled. Its quite easy to find companies close by that advertise WEEE collections, but unfortunately they are quite specific in what they want. Usually old IT equipment, which can be repaired, cleaned up and sold on to a new life. My WEEE will not get the same happier fate.
The WEEE I have generated has been sent to a company ,Wiser Recycling, that aims for zero landfill. This should mean that almost all the waste I have generated through my electrical work will be recycled. This is great, and I am thrilled about it. I love what I do. I like making my customers homes safer, more enjoyable to live in, as well as fixing and improving machines. However in an effort to be more productive and efficient I do wonder about the environmental cost. Hopefully ensuring that my WEEE is correctly recycled I am now doing the best that I can to ensure that the energy that has been put into the materials is not wasted in landfill but can go on to form new products for myself and others to install.