The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive has become UK law. Redundant electronic items, i.e. laptops, lcds, sat-navs, mp3 players, IT – printers, monitors, etc, can no longer be sent to landfill sites but must be collected for recycling. This kind of waste emits lead and other toxins, which contaminate soil and water, resulting in a detrimental impact on wildlife. There are also implications for human life.

This symbol is known as the 'Crossed out Wheelie Bin Symbol'. When this symbol is marked on a product or packaging, it means that the product should not be disposed of with your general household waste. Only discard electrical/electronic items in separate collection schemes, which cater for the recovery and recycling of materials contained within. Your co-operation is vital to ensure the success of these schemes and for the protection of the environment.

Electrical and Electronic Equipment(EEE) waste is increasing three times faster than average municipal waste and the EU estimates that WEEE currently accounts for 4% of total waste. Much of the UK's electronic waste ends up in landfill sites where toxins put communities at risk. Failure to segregate any type of recyclable material in the home will usually result in items being disposed of in a landfill site and eventually being buried in the ground or being incinerated. It has been estimated that landfill space in the UK will run out within the next 10 years and recycling WEEE will have significant effects on the environment. When WEEE is not recycled the waste can have negative impacts on soil, air and water quality that can lead to environmental damage which can also bring about negative impacts on human and animal health.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (2006 No. 3289) (W.E.E.E) have been put in place to ensure that products are recycled using best available treatment, recovery and recycling techniques to ensure human health and high environmental protection.
In order to meet our obligations as a retailer 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")

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. We will also meet our obligations under regulation 33 to make information available to users of EEE in private households on regulation 31 and regulation 32 to maintain records of such transactions.

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 WEEE; and
e. the meaning of the crossed out wheeled bin symbol.

WEEE Regulations as Applicable to Electronic Masters.

Distributors of new Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) have a part to play in reducing the amount of WEEE going into landfill sites.

Electronic Masters is obliged under these regulations to offer our customers a take back service of their WEEE on a like-for-like basis when they buy a new Electrical or Electronic product from us.

Customers must return their WEEE item to us within 28 days of purchasing their new item.

Take back

31. As a retailer who supplies new EEE to any person we shall ensure that WEEE from private
households can be returned to us on a one-to-one basis by that person, provided that any such WEEE-

(a) is of equivalent type to, and
(b) has fulfilled the same function as, the supplied equipment.

Record keeping

34.-(1) As a retailer to whom the obligation in regulation 31 applies we shall maintain records of
the number of units of WEEE from private households returned to us under that regulation.
(2) A retailer who returns WEEE from private households under regulation 32 shall maintain records of the number of units of WEEE from private households returned by him under that regulation.
(3) Each retailer to whom the obligation in regulation 33 applies shall maintain records of the information made available under that regulation. 25
(4) The records referred to in this regulation shall be kept for a period of at least four years
commencing on the date on which any such record is made and shall be made available to the
Secretary of State on demand.

The requirements of regulation 31 (to "ensure that WEEE from private households can be returned on a one-to-one basis") and regulation 34(1) (maintenance of records).

Electronic Masters is able to forward your unwanted electronic items to registered waste carriers that can legally dispose of all your redundant electronics free of charge.

So if you have any small electronic items lying around that are broken or just a bit past their prime?

Whether it's old mobile phones, laptops, lcds, sat-navs or mp3 players in a drawer or in a cupboard cluttering up your home, we understand that sometimes it's hard to part with things that seem too valuable to throw away.

The good news is they don't have to go to waste, because you can call us to recycle them free of charge and we can also offer you cash for items that may still hold some value!

We welcome your enquiries, to clarify any WEEE related issues you may have.

   

 
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