Electronic Waste

Do you have electronic waste at your event?

Electronic waste (eWaste or WEEE) is something that may not be an obvious one for many events, but once you look, you’ll find you could be generating more than you realise.

Events could generate electronic waste in the form of:

  • Batteries
  • Data and electricity cabling
  • Electronic equipment
  • Light bulbs

Once electronic equipment is no longer repairable, to be responsibly disposed of it needs to enter the appropriate electronic waste recycling route. 

Local municipalities will most likely provide points to dispose of electronic waste. There may also be regulations in place which you must adhere to.

Some producers may also have take-back schemes. Electronic waste is stripped back to its component parts and various materials extracted for recycling.

Useful links

weee-forum.org

E-waste guidelines (Europe)

Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations, Initiatives and Research on Electronics Stewardship

Electronic waste – Australia

We often see this waste scattered throughout bins, left on the ground by the technical team for a cleaner to deal with, and ultimately resources are are lost.

Above is how it should be done!

Ideally you should create specific electronic waste collection points at your events.

It is terribly important to make sure they are in the right location (eg convenient and visible) and that the people that might create the waste, know that you have set something up.

Cleaners must know what to do with the electronic waste and instructed if they see any e-waste in the wrong bin, to move it to the e-waste collection bins.

Here is a good example of engagement with stage managers and band technicians at music festival Latitude in the UK.

Learn about the problem with e-waste