Classify different types of waste

4. Electronic and electrical equipment

The tables below list waste codes for batteries, lightbulbs and electrical devices.

You can find additional codes for other waste and advice on how to apply these codes in the technical guidance on waste.

You’ll need to include all relevant classification codes if you place electrical devices that would be assigned different codes in the same container.

Batteries

Waste type Waste status Household type Industrial or commercial
Lead acid (vehicle) Hazardous 16-06-01* 16-06-01*
Lead acid (other) Hazardous 20-01-33* 16-06-01*
Nickel-Cadmium Hazardous 20-01-33* 16-06-02*
Mercury containing Hazardous 20-01-33* 16-06-03*
Alkaline Non-hazardous 20-01-34 16-06-04
Other - Lithium or Lithium ion Non-hazardous 20-01-34 16-06-05
Mixed batteries - unsorted Hazardous 20-01-33* Not allowed

(*) An asterisk at the end of a code means the waste is hazardous.

Lightbulbs and lamps

Waste type Waste status Household type Industrial or commercial
Fluorescent tubes and low energy - excluding LED Hazardous 20-01-21* 16-02-13*
LED, halogen and incandescent Non-hazardous 20-01-36 16-02-14

(*) An asterisk at the end of a code means the waste is hazardous.

Televisions, laptop computers, tablets and mobile phones with screens

Hazardous components may include any of the following:

  • activated glass
  • phosphors
  • CRT
  • fluorescent backlight
  • printed circuit boards - containing nickel
  • capacitors
  • Ni-Cd batteries for portable devices

See the table about other devices if you know your device contains no hazardous components.

Waste type Waste status Household type Industrial or commercial
Cathode ray tube (CRT), flatscreen (plasma or LCD) Hazardous 20-01-35* 16-02-13*
Laptop computers, tablets and mobile phones with screens Hazardous 20-01-35* Not applicable

(*) An asterisk at the end of a code means the waste is hazardous.

Fridges, freezers, chillers and air-conditioning units

Hazardous components may include any of the following:

  • foam - flammable hydrocarbons or ozone depleting substances
  • motors and pumps containing oil
  • cooling agents
  • printed circuit boards containing nickel
Waste type Waste status Household type Industrial or commercial
Containing ozone-depleting substances as foam blowing agents or coolants Hazardous 20-01-23* 16-02-11*
Other Hazardous 20-01-35* 16-02-13*

(*) An asterisk at the end of a code means the waste is hazardous.

Other white goods

Hazardous components may include any of the following:

  • motors and pumps containing oil
  • printed circuit boards containing nickel
  • capacitors
Waste type Waste status Household type Industrial or commercial
White goods (eg washing machines, dishwashers and tumble driers) with hazardous components Hazardous 20-01-35* 16-02-13*
White goods without hazardous components Non-hazardous 20-01-36 16-02-14

(*) An asterisk at the end of a code means the waste is hazardous.

Other devices

Hazardous components may include any of the following:

  • printed circuit boards
  • motors
  • pumps
  • some batteries
  • lamps and bulbs
  • display screens
  • capacitors
  • ink or toner cartridges
  • asbestos
  • mercury switches
Waste type Waste status Household type Industrial or commercial
With hazardous components Hazardous 20-01-35* 16-02-13*
Without any hazardous components Non-hazardous 20-01-36 16-02-14

(*) An asterisk at the end of a code means the waste is hazardous.

Examples of electrical devices which may have hazardous components include:

  • cameras - excluding single use
  • power tools
  • lawn mowers
  • chain saws
  • hedge trimmers
  • photocopiers
  • projectors
  • computer towers
  • microwaves
  • printers

Household-type small mixed waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) from civic amenity sites

You should code small household-type WEEE items that have been collected from civic amenity sites with 2 codes:

  • 20-01-35*
  • 20-01-36

(*) An asterisk at the end of a code means the waste is hazardous.

You must include additional classification codes if the collected waste includes other WEEE items or other wastes.