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The Waste Electrical or Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive requires countries to maximise separate collection and environmentally friendly processing of these items and is now UK law.


The WEEE 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.


 Why recycle?


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.)


How are we helping?


As a responsible retailer we ask that you dispose of all your old items with care following the recycle guidelines, and remember it’s FREE to recycle.

Sunset Lighting are proud to meet our obligations by encouraging all our customers to participate in the WEEE Take Back Scheme. We will take back your unwanted electrical item/s of the same type as the one/s you purchased regardless of whether you purchased in-our store, by phone or online.

We take back items on a one for one basis that have the same function as the item/s purchased from ourselves. For example, we’ll take back an old ceiling fitting, table lamp or ourdoor bollard when a new similar purchase is made.


What you can do to help?


You have up to 28 days to bring/send back your like for like old item/s.

All like for like replacements can be dropped off or sent to our store at:

WEEE Recycle

Sunset Lighting Ltd

Chorley New Road




Please note: The new regulations do not entitle you to free collection of WEEE items from your home or free return postage. Items returned via Royal Mail or courier are returned at your own expense and should be packaged suitably and safely. 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. 


Why Not Donate?


If your old fitting/lamp is still in good working order, why not consider donating it to a great cause to help others?

Sunset Lighting supports the British Heart Foundation with donations of working items for reuse, so why not consider donating to an appropriate charitable cause?

If you do have a fitting/lamp that is in good general condition and working order, please let us know and we will make the donation to the British Heart Foundation on your behalf.