After a period of time, all electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), changes into waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), which having lost usefulness ceases to be needed. The equipment that we want to get rid of – as it has worn out, has broken down – must not be disposed of with other waste.
Before we decide to get rid of unnecessary equipment, it is worth checking if there is a crossed-out garbage bin stamp on it. If there is – IT MUST NOT BE THROWN INTO THE GARBAGE. Since 2005, the manufacturers have been obliged to place this mark on products intended for recycling.
Electro-waste is dangerous! It contains a lot of dangerous compounds: mercury, cadmium, PCBs, bromine compounds, asbestos – these are just some of them. After entering the body, they cause many dangerous diseases: anaemia; kidney, brain, nervous system, skeletal system, cardiovascular system, immune system, reproductive system and liver damage; infertility; cancer. No direct contact is needed for hazardous compounds from electro-waste to harm humans. From electro-waste left in places not intended for this purpose or in illegal dumps, they can get into the soil and groundwater. Then they penetrate animal and plant organisms, and afterwards into the products we eat – milk, cheese, meat, bread, fruit and vegetables.
Let’s consider how much WEEE we get rid of in a year and what can happen if only 10 out of 100 Poles leave it in a wrong place. It is similar with used batteries and accumulators.
Under no circumstances should you throw into a rubbish bin used equipment or used batteries and accumulators! Never leave WEEE or used batteries and accumulators in woods or in illegal garbage dumps! This is punishable by severe administrative penalties of up to PLN 5,000!
Proper disposal of used electrical and electronic equipment as well as used batteries and accumulators is live it at the Municipal Selective Waste Collection Points or at collection organized by a recovery organization, such as AURAEKO. Below, in the gallery, photos from the collection in Warsaw-Zerzeń, which took place on Saturday, September 21, 2019. This is a good example of the answer to the question: what to do with WEEE, as well as waste batteries and accumulators.