What are the WEEE regulations?
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.
- The amount of WEEE we throw away is increasing by around 5% each year, making it the fastest growing waste stream in the UK.
- 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.
Collection scheme available:
If you are a consumer that has purchased from us and wish to dispose of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), we offer a like-for-like item take back scheme e.g. if you purchased a monitor from us, we will happily take your old monitor from you. In this case, please contact us and we will make arrangements for a collection of the EEE. Alternatively, visit www.recycle-more.co.uk where you can find further information on your local DCF.
If you are a business and wish to dispose of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), please contact us to discuss options. Remember this is on a like-for-like basis. You will also need to provide proof of purchase of Electrical and Electronic Equipment from us.
The potential effects of WEEE on the environment and human health:
Why has the European Union implemented the WEEE directive?
Over 75% of waste electrical goods end up in landfill, where lead and other toxins contained in the electrical goods can cause soil and water contamination. This can have a very harmful effect on natural habitat, wildlife and also human health. When situated near populated areas these toxins can cause problems to communities as their water and soil is polluted.
All the EEE placed on the market in the EU now has to have the crossed out wheelie bin symbol. All the EEE components the company integrates into the EEE it produces carry this logo, unless in exceptional cases, where this is necessary because of the size of the product. In this case the crossed out wheelie bin symbol shall be printed on:
- the packaging
- the instructions for use; and
- the accompanying warranty.
The symbols look like this:
Electrical and Electronic Equipment that was made after 13th August 2005 should display this symbol on the packaging or product. Use the bank locator to find where it can be recycled.
This recycling symbol is very similar to the one above, but does not have a bar at the bottom of crossed out wheelie bin. This symbol will be used to support the Battery Directive which became part of UK law in 2008.