The Waste Electrical or Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive requires countries to maximise separate collection and environmentally friendly processing of these items.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is now UK law. This legislation aims to make producers and distributors responsible for the cost of collection, treatment and recovery of waste electrical equipment. In the UK, distributors including high street and online retailers must provide a system which allows all customers buying new electrical equipment the opportunity to recycle their old items on a like for like basis free of charge.
How are we helping?
As a responsible retailer, we are proud to meet our obligations by financially supporting the national network of WEEE recycling centres established by local authorities. This is achieved through our membership of the national Distributor Take-back scheme (DTS). To find out more information on WEEE recycling and to locate you’re nearest recycling centre please visit the Recycle More website www.recycle-more.co.uk.
Unwanted electrical equipment is the UK’s fastest growing type of waste increasing by around 5% each year. Many electrical items can be repaired or recycled, saving natural resources and the environment. If you do not recycle electrical equipment it could end up in landfill where hazardous substances may leak out and cause soil and water contamination – harming wildlife and also human health.
Please do not throw any electrical equipment in your wheelie bin.
Under the WEEE Regulations new electrical goods produced after 13th August 2005 are marked with the crossed out wheelie bin symbol to show that they should be disposed of separately from normal household waste to allow for recycling. In January 2019 this regulation was amended to include lighting (for example ceiling fittings, wall lights, table lamps, floor lamps, switch’s, plugs, light bulbs and tubes etc.)
As a responsible retailer and member of the DTS scheme we ask that you dispose of your old items with care following the recycle guidelines, and remember it’s FREE to recycle.
To find out more information on WEEE recycling and to locate your nearest recycling centre please visit the Recycle More website www.recycle-more.co.uk or the Government recycling campaign Recycle Now www.recyclenow.com