Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Syllabus [1 June 2016]

(Please note: Environment Agency source documents in support of continuing competence may have been withdrawn from circulation  as a result of  policy change   although the content is  current. We provide the information in good faith for the purposes of the Continuing Competence test but it cannot be considered a substitute for obtaining detailed advice or guidance from the regulatory body in terms of site operational requirements. If a link is broken the resources may be available in the waste resource section or searching the source title using a search engine.)

Title

WASTE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT (WEEE)

Syllabus areas

 

Learning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

Sources

1.     Site Infrastructure
  • Storage areas
  • Impermeable surfaces
  • Weatherproofing
  • Treatment

 

1.1      Know the storage requirements for WEEE prior to treatment

1.2      Know the technical requirements for sites undertaking WEEE treatment operations

1.3      Know the characteristics of impermeable surfaces used in WEEE treatment facilities

1.4      Know why weatherproof coverings are used by WEEE treatment facilities

Defra – Guidance on Best Available Treatment Recovery and Recycling Techniques (BATRRT) and Treatment of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130402151656/ 

 

2. Managing fluids in WEEE materials

2.1 Know the requirements for treating and storing WEEE materials that contain fluids

Defra – Guidance on Best Available Treatment Recovery and Recycling Techniques (BATRRT) and Treatment of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

 

3. Handling hazardous WEEE
  • Classification
  • Consignment

3.1      Know the WEEE components classified as hazardous waste

3.2      Know the consignment procedures for hazardous WEEE

Environment Agency – Technical Guidance WM3: Interpretation of the definition and classification of hazardous waste (1st edition, August 2015)
Classification of Different Types of Waste
Hazardous waste - GOV.UK
Environment Agency - Consignee Returns – records
Environment Agency – Consignment notes
Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005
Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2009
4.  WEEE Treatment
  • Treatment Guidelines/ Good practice  
  • Removal of specific items
  • Weighing WEEE
  • Quality of WEEE derived materials
  • Contamination
  • Separately collected WEEE

 

4.1      Know the permitting arrangements for a facility treating WEEE

4.2      Know the items that must be removed from WEEE during treatment

4.3      Know the items that must be safely removed as whole items from any separately collected WEEE

4.4      Know the requirements for weighing WEEE prior to and after treatment

4.5  Know good practice for maximising the quality of WEEE derived materials

4.6 Know good practice for identifying and removing contaminated/non-conforming wastes from the WEEE

Defra – Guidance on Best Available Treatment Recovery and Recycling Techniques (BATRRT) and Treatment of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
BIS – WEEE Regulations 2013: Government Guidance Notes(March 2014)
WRAP – Treatment of WEEE
WRAP – Waste Treatment

 

5. WEEE items for reuse
  • Items for reuse
  • Quality standards
  • Good practice

5.1 Know the items which can be separated for reuse

5.2 Know the quality standards for the reuse of WEEE

5.3 Know good practice for the disassembly and storage of WEEE to increase potential for reuse

5.4 Know good practice for testing WEEE items for reuse

WRAP – The benefits of PAS 141
Defra – Guidance on Best Available Treatment Recovery and Recycling Techniques (BATRRT) and Treatment of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
WRAP – Treatment for Reuse

 

6. Exporting of WEEE
  • Legislation
  • Permits
  • Approvals

6.1   Know the circumstances where approval for exporting obligated  WEEE is required

6.2 Know the permits, approvals and information required to export WEEE

6.3 Know legislation and regulations applicable to exporting WEEE

 

Environment Agency - Guidance note for approval as an approved authorised treatment facility (AATF) or approved exporter (AE) for waste electrical and  electronic equipment (WEEE) (WMP7)(V6, July 2012)
GOV. UK – Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE): Exporting

 

7. Handle WEEE safely

7.1    Know the hazards associated with handling hazardous WEEE items

 

HSE Guidance – Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Recycling

 

8. WEEE evidence 

8.1    Know the type of facility that can issue WEEE evidence

 

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE): reuse and treatment - Detailed guidance - GOV.UK

Sources of information:

EPR 2010  and amendments

WEEE Regulations  and WEEE Directive

(Please note: all information is accurate at the time of publishing. It is the learner's responsibility to refer back to the author's website for latest information.)