Electronic waste (e-waste for short) – also known as Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) – covers almost all types of old or broken electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) destined for reuse, recycling or disposal. It includes everyday household appliances such as fridges, washing machines and microwaves, as well as smaller items like coffee grinders, toasters and hair dryers. The fastest growing e-waste is from TVs, computers, phones and related equipment. But it also includes less obvious items such as electronic toys, power tools, smoke detectors, fluorescent lighting and even solar panels.
The WEEE Directive (2002/96/EC) provides, amongst other things, ten main categories of e-waste. A list and brief summary of the categories is provided below: