Frequently Asked Questions

EEE refers to electrical and electronic equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly.

Electronic wastes contain over one thousand types of components which are generally accepted as hazardous wastes. Therefore, you should not put electrical or electronic equipment that is no longer used or functional into rubbish bins or given to unauthorized waste collection systems. You should contact your municipal authorities to give your electronic wastes at home to your municipality’s waste collection system. You should contact your municipality’s environmental protection agencies or cleansing agencies, call them using the number found on their website, or take your e-waste to the nearest collection container.

Any EEE that has reached the end of its life is called electronic waste, e-waste, or WEEE.

Fluorescent lamps are energy efficient because they consume 75% less energy, and their lifespan is much longer than incandescent filament bulbs. However, energy saving light bulbs, the fluorescent lamps contain a small amount of mercury vapour. The release of mercury from a broken lamp is dangerous for the environment and humans.

You should not put your fluorescent lamps and other lighting equipment into the rubbish bin, but give it to special waste collection organizations. For the e-waste equipment you have at home you should contact your municipality to find out where the nearest e-waste collection station is. You can call your municipality’s environmental protection agencies or cleansing agencies on the number found on their website, or take your e-waste equipment to the retail stores where you bought them.

Pursuant to the Waste Electrical or Electronic Equipment Control Directive, this is an obligation for electrical and electronic equipment dealers. The directive requires the vendors to have waste collection containers in numbers directly proportional to the size of the store, and to take the old equipment regardless of its brand name, model, or type, and give it to special collection systems or licensed processing facilities.

When a fluorescent lamp breaks, mercury in the lamp is released to the environment; therefore you should be careful and follow the user instructions not to break your fluorescent lamp. However, in case your lamp breaks, follow the cleaning instructions below.

  • Ventilate the room before commencing cleaning,
  • Do not use a vacuum cleaner to collect the debris,
  • Use a piece of hard cartoon or paper to collect bigger pieces of the debris,
  • Use packing tape to collect small pieces and dust,
  • Remove the rest of the debris with a wet cloth or moist kitchen paper,
  • Dump the debris collected and the cleaning materials used into a plastic bag and close it tightly, and wash your hands
  • Take the plastic bag to the nearest waste collection container.

Broken led light bulbs do not affect the environment immediately unlike fluorescent lamps; however, if they are disposed of into the environment, they can release hazardous substances into the soil and water like other electronic wastes.

Electrical and electronical equipment manufacturers are required to establish a WEEE management system, and follow the collection, recovery, and recycling instructions of the ministry. Manufacturers can fulfil their obligations arising from the directive in cooperation with Authorized Bodies.

Manufacturers that do not prefer to work in cooperation with the authorized bodies can fulfil their aforementioned obligations on their own provided that they establish their individual waste equipment management systems and have their management plans approved by the ministry, pay the management plan approval fee, make a down payment, follow the ministry’s reporting instructions to prepare reports in the required format, and manage their systems in all over Turkey.

In case of violation of the WEEE Directive, the provisions of Articles 15, 20, and 23, Environmental Law Number 2872 shall be applied.