The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is now UK law. This 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.
Distributors of new Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) have a part to play in reducing the amount of WEEE going into landfill sites.
Oneweigh Online Ltd is 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.
For example, if a customer bought a new kitchen scale from us, we would accept their old kitchen scale and prevent it going into a landfill site by disposing of it safely. Customers must return their WEEE item to us within 28 days of purchasing their new item.
Under the WEEE Regulations, all new electrical goods should now be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol shown below:
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.
Returning WEEE Waste Equipment
Before returning any item to us, we would request that customers consider whether this route to disposal is the most appropriate course of action. As we are a mail order supplier, any waste product will need to be sent via the postal or courier system, incurring carbon and other environmental costs during transit. Return will also incur financial cost to the customer. In some cases, either or both of these costs may exceed those which would be incurred delivering the item(s) in person to a local recycling centre. We would therefore request that, prior to returning an item, customers assess the most effective route to disposal. To find your nearest WEEE recycling centre, please see Recycle-More.co.uk.
To return a WEEE item, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with instructions for the return of your EEE. When received we will then record and dispose of the item in accordance with relevant WEEE regulations.
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