Waste electrical and electronic equipment
Our customers know that when they opt for UFH, they are disposing of waste in an environmentally friendly and resource-efficient manner in accordance with the highest standards.
The collection and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) such as refrigerators, washing machines, display screen equipment, cookers and vacuum cleaners has been legally regulated in Austria since 2005.
However, the multitude of tasks involved is very difficult for the parties actually responsible – the producers or importers – to perform themselves. In addition, participation in a collection and recovery system is mandatory for some products.
We fulfil nearly all of the obligations on behalf of our customers and set the highest standard for the environmentally friendly disposal of WEEE in our collection and recovery processes. This sets us apart from the competition as one of the best service providers in our industry!
UFH offers the following services, among others, for WEEE:
- Reporting to the authorities
- Collection points throughout Austria
- Pickup service for WEEE
- Recovery and environmentally sound disposal
UFH has set up collection points for each of the approximately 100 Austrian districts. WEEE from all five collection and treatment categories from private households, dual-use equipment as well as equipment batteries can be handed over here for free. Consumers can also hand over their WEEE and batteries free of charge at more than 2000 municipal collection sites (e.g. waste collection centres, recycling centres, recovery centres and refuse collection points).
We work with specialists who adhere to the highest quality criteria in the treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE. The recovery of refrigerators takes place in UFH’s own UFH RE-cycling GmbH plant in Kematen an der Ybbs, which is Europe’s most modern refrigerator recycling plant of its kind.
UFH employs an efficient logistics system which ensures regular pickups at the collection points. We also offer a pickup service directly at dealers’ locations.
Large electrical and electronic appliances
The Austrian WEEE Ordinance defines large electrical and electronic appliances as being all appliances whose longest edge equals or exceeds 50 cm. For round appliances, the largest diameter (equal to or greater than 50 cm) is used for classification purposes. Here are a few examples:
- Washing machines
- Ironing machines
- Larger heaters
- Electric stoves (or just their glass ceramic heating elements)
- Electric and electronic musical instruments such as electric guitars and larger keyboards
- Storage water heaters and continuous flow water heaters
Small electrical and electronic appliances
The Austrian WEEE Ordinance makes a clear distinction between large and small electrical and electronic appliances. An appliance is defined as “small” if its longest (rigid) edge is less than 50 cm long. Flexible hoses or the telescopic tubes of vacuum cleaners do not make an appliance larger. For round appliances, the largest diameter is used for the calculation instead of the longest edge length. Here are a few examples:
- Mobile phones
- Electric toothbrushes
- Vacuum cleaners
- DVD players
- And many more
Cooling appliances, refrigerators and freezers
Many disused cooling appliances, refrigerators and freezers continue to contain CFCs as coolants and expanding agents. These must be removed completely from the equipment. At the same time, secondary raw materials can be recovered from old refrigerators.
Which appliances are included in the category of cooling appliances, refrigerators and freezers?
- Chest freezers
- Wine refrigerators
- Air-conditioning units for private use
- Heat pump dryers
We fulfil nearly all of the obligations related to the collection and recovery of cooling appliances, refrigerators and freezers on your behalf. UFH has operated one of the most modern refrigerator recycling plants in Europe since 2009.
Display screen equipment
Television sets, PC monitors, laptops and tablets are integral parts of everyday life at home and at the office. This equipment in particular contains a myriad of different useful and harmful materials and must be properly recycled. A device is considered display screen equipment from a screen size of > 100 cm² as long as its primary function is the use of the screen. Here are a few examples:
- TV sets (CRT and flat-screen televisions
- PC monitors
- Monitors on surveillance systems (plasma, LCD and LED displays)
- Tablet PCs
Neither mobile phones nor portable video game consoles (Game Boy etc.) fall into the category of display screen equipment. These devices may have a small display screen but are classified as small electrical appliances
Fluorescent tubes, energy saving lamps, LED lamps as well as mercury-containing and sodium vapour lamps must be collected separately.
Conventional incandescent lamps and halogen lamps can continue to be discarded as residual waste, whereas old energy saving lamps, fluorescent tubes, LED lamps, mercury-containing lamps and sodium vapour lamps fall into the collection and treatment category of “gas discharge lamps” and have to be collected separately. Here are a few examples:
- Energy saving lamps
- Fluorescent tubes
- LED lamps
- Mercury-containing and sodium vapour lamps
UFH supported the effort to locate one of the world’s most modern lamp recycling centres in Vienna in 2011. The plant operated by Saubermacher AG marks the first time that all relevant lamp types can be processed in a single process. By choosing UFH, our customers can count on the fact that waste is disposed of in an environmentally friendly and resource-efficient manner!