The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is now UK law. The legislation aims to make producers pay for the collection, treatment and recovery of waste electrical equipment. The regulations also mean that suppliers of equipment like high street shops and internet retailers must allow consumers to return their waste equipment free of charge.
Under the WEEE Regulations, all new electrical goods should now be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol shown below. They should be disposed of separately from normal household waste so that they can be recycled.
The amount of WEEE we throw away is increasing and much of the UK’s WEEE ends up in landfill, where the lead and other toxins it contains can cause soil and water contamination. This can have a harmful effect on natural habitat, wildlife and also human health. Many electrical items that we throw away can be repaired or recycled. Recycling items helps to save our natural finite resources and also reduces the environmental and health risks associated with sending electrical goods to landfill. Distributors of new Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) have a part to play in reducing the amount of WEEE going into landfill sites.
We are the manufacturer of this product, which can only be purchased through an independent distributor. Distributors are obliged under these regulations to offer customers either:
Free take-back of their WEEE on a like-for-like basis when they buy a new Electrical or Electronic product. Usually, customers must return their WEEE item within 28 days of purchasing their new item.
A designated collection facility (DCF) for return of all types of WEEE.
If you have any further questions concerning WEEE please contact the product distributor or your local environment agency.