With effect from July 2007, the UK’s Waste
Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations require that all
producers of electrical equipment are now obliged to pay for 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.
So that you can get your waste electrical goods recycled, we have contributed towards a national fund to assist local councils to further develop their existing waste electronics collection facilities, which will in turn allow producers of this equipment to meet their obligations.
Not all council sites are suitable to collect all types of waste electrical goods but to find out your nearest participating site (including other collection facilities that may not be operated by the council) and for advice on all aspects of recycling at home, please visit www.recycle-more.co.uk. Don’t forget to have your postcode ready to use in the ‘recycling facilities’ locator.
Electronic waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams and much of it can be recycled and resources 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. To ensure your waste electronics don’t contribute to damaging the environment, please use www.recycle-more.co.uk and recycle today.
In order to partially meet our
obligations as a distributor as defined in the UK Waste Electrical and
Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations (SI 2006 No. 3289 - 11 December
2006) (referred to hereafter as “the WEEE Regulations”), we have opted
to become a full member of the Distributor Take back Scheme (DTS).
Membership of the DTS is defined in regulation 35 of the WEEE
Regulations and delivers exemption from the requirements of regulation
31 (to “ensure that WEEE from private households can be returned to him
free of charge and on a one-to-one basis”) and regulation 34(1)
(maintenance of records).
As a member of the DTS, we have made a financial contribution toward the development of the network of Designated Collection Facilities (DCFs) instead of offering instore take back of WEEE. This financial contribution is described in paragraphs 83 to 88 of the UK WEEE guidance, and has been used to improve the WEEE collection facilities located at Local Authority Civic Amenity sites.
In addition, through our support of the national recycling website, recycle-more.co.uk, we will also meet our obligations under regulation 33 to make information available to users of EEE in private households on -
a) the requirement on each Member State under Article 2 of the Directive to minimise the disposal of WEEE as unsorted municipal waste and to achieve a high level of collection of WEEE for treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal;
b) the collection and take back systems available to them;
c) their role in contributing to the reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery of WEEE under these Regulations;
d) the potential effects on the environment and human health as a result of the presence of hazardous substances in EEE; and
e) the meaning of the crossed out wheeled bin symbol.