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Information on the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive).

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is now UK law. The legislation aims to minimise the disposal of WEEE as unsorted municipal waste and to achieve a high level of collection of WEEE for treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal. The regulations also mean that suppliers of electrical equipment, such as high street shops and mail order/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 be a harmful effect on natural habitat, wildlife and also human health.

Many electrical items 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.

As a requirement under the WEEE regulations (2006 No. 3289) we offer our customers a free of charge take back of their household WEEE on a like-for-like basis when they purchase an equivalent item from us. For example, if a customer bought a new cordless phone from us, we would accept their old cordless phones back and prevent it going into a landfill site by disposing of it for recycling.

Customers may send to us (at their own expense) their WEEE item to be disposed of within 28 days of purchasing from us. The item to be returned by the customer will be accepted by us free of charge irrespective of when and where the original item of household WEEE was purchased.

You may also take the WEEE to your local civic amenity site/recycling facility;-
http://www.recycle-more.co.uk/la/la_detailsla.aspx

Under the WEEE Regulations, all new electrical goods must be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol shown below either on the product itself or within the packaging or product literature.



Goods are marked with this symbol to show that they were produced after 13th August 2005, and should be disposed of separately from normal household waste so that they can be recycled.

For further information regarding the WEEE regulations please visit (all links open in a new window)

Environment Agency

The Waste Electrical And Electronic Equipment Directive