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Waste Electrical and Electronic Disposal

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. Recycling reduces the environmental and health risks associated with sending electrical goods to landfill.

We are obliged under these regulations to offer our customers free take-back of their WEEE on a like-for-like basis when they buy a new Electrical or Electronic product from us. Customers must return their like-for-like WEEE item to us within 28 days of purchasing their new item. Under the WEEE Regulations, all new electrical goods should be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol and be disposed of separately from normal household waste.

Alternatively If you have an old electrical or electronic product that has reached the end of its life you can deposit it free of charge for segregation and recycling at Civil Amenity Sites which are registered as DCF.

The Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations became law in the United Kingdom in May 2009. The aim of the Regulations is to reduce the impact that waste batteries are having on the environment.

All batteries and their packaging are now marked with a "crossed-out wheeled bin" symbol to highlight that they should be recycled and not be thrown away with household waste.

A network of dedicated battery collection points has been set up to offer consumers’ easy access to recycling boxes where they can take their waste batteries to ensure they will be collected and recycled appropriately. 

To find your nearest WEEE collection point visit

Please have your postcode ready to type in the recycling bank locator.

You can also call the recycle-more helpline on 0845 068 2572


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