Electrical and Electronic Equipment
With effect from July 2007, the UK’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations (SI 2006 No. 3289 - 11 December 2006) (‘WEEE Regulations’) require that all producers and distributors of electrical equipment are obliged to pay for the recycling of household electrical goods, where previously this bill was met by councils or items were not recycled at all. These regulations also require that all retailers both actively assist in delivering a UK wide WEEE collection infrastructure and encourage the participation of consumers in recycling electronic equipment.
Pursuant to our obligations as a distributor under the WEEE Regulations, we have opted to become a full member of the Distributor Take-back Scheme (DTS). Membership of the DTS delivers exemption from the requirements of Regulation 42 (to ensure that WEEE from private households can be returned to them free of charge and on a one-to-one basis) and Regulation 45(1) (maintenance of records).
As a member of the DTS, we have made a financial contribution towards the development of the network of Designated Collection Facilities (DCFs). This financial contribution has been used to improve the WEEE collection facilities located at Local Authority Civic Amenity Sites. Please note that we do not offer in-store take-back of WEEE.
Electronic waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams and much of it can be recycled and recovered to make new consumer goods. To remind consumers of the collection methods available, which in turn allow recycling to take place, all electrical items sold now carry the ‘crossed-out wheeled bin’ symbol below. To ensure that your waste electronics do not damage the environment, please use recycle-more.co.uk and recycle today.