News emerged this week that the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have revised their code of practice for the recycling of electronic products. We also have a look at some new logos which are designed to help with the recycling of mercury.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have published a revised edition of their code of practice for the collection of WEEE from designated collection facilities.

The document, which was issued earlier this week, follows on from the implementation of the revised WEEE regulations, which came into effect from January 1st 2014.

Amongst other things, the regulations will call for an increase in WEEE recycling targets. The aim is to increase the percentage of recycled WEEE to 45% by 2016 and 65% by 2019. The WEEE regulations also called for a widening of the regulations to include light fittings from households by 2018, as well as light fittings from the professional marketplace.

The new code of practice also stipulates the obligations of local authorities and producers with regards to the collection of WEEE. The code also provides local authorities with details should they wish to ‘opt out’ of the compliance system and arrange for the treatment of their recycling on site.

In other news the technology body DIGITALEUROPE and the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) have launched new logos to help identify when mercury is present in computer monitors and TV’s. A white Hg (the chemical symbol for mercury) on a black background will identify when mercury is present in the product. A black Hg on a white background with a diagonal line scored through it will identify when Hg is not present.

Mercury is a toxic metal and recycling it is not easy. It is used to backlight screens that contain cold cathode fluorescent lamps. Because of the difficulty attached to recycling it, DIGITALEUROPE have proposed it’s complete phase out in the manufacture of televisions and computer screens.

It looks like mercury is going to be a feature in screens for a long time to come, but the hope is that one day it will be replaced with a much safer material. The logos are a way for consumers to identify the correct way to dispose of this dangerous element.

Project manager for products and materials at WRAP, Lucy Cooper, said “separating screens containing mercury will allow for easier extraction of valuable elements in mercury-free screens, and it may also reduce treatment costs as only those screens containing CCFL backlights will need to be transported and treated as hazardous.”

Here at Recycle Technology we arrange collection of your WEEE materials and ensure that they are recycled in the proper way. We can collect both large and small electrical items, and we will issue you with the necessary paperwork to cover compliance with these new WEEE regulations.

You can check out the new regulations by following this link here. For more on this story, visit letsrecycle.com.