A massive 60-70% of the world’s energy is used by home
according to the US Department of Energy and the majority of
this percentage is
used by ‘white goods’, which include refrigerators, freezers
and washing mach-
ines. The remaining percentage is taken up by products known
as 'brown goods', which are essentially entertainment items
such as televisions, video recorders
and audio equipment.
Two major environmental issues are raised by the increasing
use of electrical
goods. The use of energy to produce them and operate them
and also their end
of life disposal. Hence the introduction of European
legislation to help combat the waste problem and encourage
manufacturers to design and produce longer-
energy efficient appliances. This legislation is known as
the WEEE Directive (Waste electronic and electrical goods ).
The disposal of electrical items, particularly white goods
washing machines etc) is currently
causing a massive problem in how to dispose
There is less and less landfill space available. In the EU
and elec-tronic products account for 6.5
million tonnes of waste each year.
This is unacceptable waste.
We all have a responsibility to try and avoid sending
appliances and electronic
goods to landfill.
growing concern is over the disposal of small appliances
kettles, coffee and tea makers, toasters, sandwich
toasters, deep-fat fryers,
food mixers, juicers, electric
irons, electric shavers, hair-dryers and electric
these are easily disposed of in the normal household waste
and become "invisible". It is estimated that over
eight million small appliances are discarded
each year in the UK, virtually all of them ending up in
landfill. The EU Directive has
set recycling targets for all types of household appliances
in the case of