Information on the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive)
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.
All Electronic and Electrical Equipment (EEE) placed onto the market from 13th August 2005 must be marked with the wheeled bin symbol shown below to indicate that it is covered by the WEEE Directive, the provisions of which require that producers or manufacturers of EEE become liable to pay for take-back treatment and recycling of Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE):
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.
As a distributor who supplies new EEE, we will therefore take back WEEE from private households free of charge on a like-for-like basis on the purchase of a new equivalent item, or an item that has the same or similar functions.
WEEE can be also be discarded at specific locations at civic amenity sites (CA sites) around the country; there may also be further collection facilities available locally.
Equivalent items may also be returned when new equipment is purchased via our website, these may be returned to our retail premises within 28 days. They can also be taken to your local facility.