The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations have been introduced by the government in order to reduce the amount of electrical items going to landfill and encourage recycling and re-use of these products using the best available means. Any residual WEEE should be disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.
Electrical goods are the fastest growing waste stream in the UK, growing by 5% each year. Each year in the UK we go through over 1.2 million tonnes of electrical waste.
Over 75% of waste electrical goods end up in landfill, where lead and other toxins contained in these items can cause soil and water contamination which, in turn, can have a very harmful effect on the environment and human health.
Many of the electrical items that we throw away can be repaired or recycled. Recycling items helps to save natural finite resources and also reduces the environmental and health risks associated with sending waste electrical goods to landfill. In order to protect the environment for future generations it is important that we are all aware of the consequences of our actions and learn what we can do to make a difference.
Electrical and Electronic Equipment that was made after June 2006 should display the symbol (as shown to the right of this page) on the packaging or product. It means that the product is covered by the WEEE Regulations and every effort should be made to recycle it.
Under the WEEE Regulations we will collect any old appliance and ensure that it is recycled in an environmentally friendly manner in accordance with the regulations even if you don’t buy from us. This service is included when we carry out a standard installation of your new appliance; however there may be a charge for its collection. Alternatively you can take your old item to the local recycling amenities free of charge for environmentally sound treatment and recycling. Please ensure that your old appliance or TV is recycled in accordance with the regulations. Please do not throw them away with your domestic rubbish as they will not be recycled. Contact your local council, or visit www.recycle-more.co.uk to find your nearest recycling point.