The UK Rules
Electronic and Electrical Equipment

Electronic and Electrical Equipment Waste

Common electronic and electrical equipment waste includes products like batteries, light bulbs, fridges, and TVs. The tables list most waste codes for electronic equipment waste disposed of in United Kingdom.

Review the technical guidance for additional classifications not found in these waste code tables. The asterisk (*) at the end of a code signifies that the waste is hazardous.

Business waste descriptions must include:

The Environment Agency produce waste classification technical guidance on how to assess and classify waste. It can help if you cannot find a code for your waste or you need information on classification, hazardous materials, or waste sampling.

Batteries

TYPE OF WASTE STATUS HOUSEHOLD INDUSTRIAL
Lead acid (vehicle) Hazardous 16-06-01* 16-06-01*
Lead acid (other types) Hazardous 20-01-33* 16-06-01*
Nickel-Cadmium Hazardous 20-01-33* 16-06-02*
Mercury containing Hazardous 20-01-33* 16-06-03*
Alkaline Non-hazardous 20-01-34 16-06-04
Others (Lithium or Lithium ion) Non-hazardous 20-01-34 16-06-05
Mixed batteries (unsorted) Hazardous 20-01-33* Not Permitted


Light Bulbs and Lamps

TYPE OF WASTE STATUS HOUSEHOLD INDUSTRIAL
Fluorescent tubes and low energy (excludes LED) Hazardous 20-01-21* 16-02-13*
LED, halogen, and incandescent Non-hazardous 20-01-36 16-02-14

Televisions, Laptop Computers, Tablets and Mobile Phones (with screens)

TYPE OF WASTE STATUS HOUSEHOLD INDUSTRIAL
Cathode ray tube (CRT), flatscreen (plasma or LCD) Hazardous 20-01-35* 16-02-13*
Laptop computers, tablets, and mobile phones with screens Hazardous 20-01-35* Not Applicable

Note: Hazardous components may include activated glass, phosphors, CRT, fluorescent backlight, printed circuit boards (containing nickel), capacitors, Ni-Cd batteries for portable devices.


Chillers, Fridges, Freezers, and Air-conditioning Units

TYPE OF WASTE STATUS HOUSEHOLD INDUSTRIAL
Containing ozone-depleting substances as foam blowing agents or coolants Hazardous 20-01-23* 16-02-11*
Other types Hazardous 20-01-35* 16-02-13*

Note: Hazardous components may include foam (flammable hydrocarbons/ozone depleting substances), motors and pumps containing oil, cooling agents, printed circuit boards containing nickel.


Other Types of White Goods

TYPE OF WASTE STATUS HOUSEHOLD INDUSTRIAL
White goods (e.g. dishwashers, tumble driers, and washing machines) with hazardous components Hazardous 20-01-35* 16-02-13*
White goods with no hazardous components Non-hazardous 20-01-36 16-02-14

Note: Hazardous components may include capacitors, motors and pumps containing oil, printed circuit boards containing nickel.


Other Electronic Devices

TYPE OF WASTE STATUS HOUSEHOLD INDUSTRIAL
With hazardous components Hazardous 20-01-35* 16-02-13*
Without any hazardous components Non-hazardous 20-01-36 16-02-14

Note: Hazardous components may include printed circuit boards, motors, pumps, some batteries, lamps and bulbs, display screens, capacitors, ink or toner cartridges, asbestos, mercury switches.

Common examples of electrical devices which may contain hazardous components include power tools, cameras (excluding single use), lawn mowers, chain saws, hedge trimmers, photocopiers, projectors, computer towers, microwaves, printers.

Household-type Small Mixed Waste (WEEE) from Civic Amenity Sites

Code small household-type WEEE items collected from civic amenity sites with 2 codes:

  • 20-01-35*
  • 20-01-36

Note: You will need to include additional classification codes if the collected waste includes other WEEE items or other wastes.


List of Waste Codes for Electronic and Electrical Equipment in United Kingdom

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