What is WEEE? WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.
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. This regulation is designed to reduce the amount of WEEE being sent to landfill.
All new electrical goods should now be marked with the crossed-out wheelie bin symbol shown below.
WEEE Goods marked with this symbol show that they should be disposed of separately from normal household waste so that they can be recycled.
To help our customers comply with the regulations we offer a free take back service for any WEEE on a like-for-like basis when you buy a new product from us. You must return the WEEE within 28 days from the purchase of the new item. You will be responsible for the cost of returning the WEEE.
You can return the items by post or in person to:
Unit 5 Manor House
Marston Trading Estate
(You can also return waste batteries to us using the same system.)
Alternatively you can find a local recycling centre at www.recyclenow.com