Our Environment & WEEE
electricshopping.com and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive)
What is the WEEE directive?
From July 2007 the UK's Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations require that retailers who sell WEEE both actively assist in delivering a UK wide WEEE collection infrastructure and encourage the participation of consumers in recycling electronic equipment. Producers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) will be required to finance the collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of EEE at its end of life.
The production of electrical and electronic equipment is growing at an exceptional rate and as more customers buy these products, there is also a mounting issue of waste. Therefore, we need to now more than ever look at ways to deal with products at the end of their life to try to reduce the impact it has on our environment.
electricshopping.com and WEEE
As a responsible retailer, electricshopping.com cares about the environment we live in. We were the first online retailer in the UK to offer a carbon offsetting scheme and we take our responsibilities under the WEEE directive seriously. We offer all our customers a like for like take back for any WEEE that's been ordered from us. To take part, simply let us know when you place your order and we will do the rest. If we collect your WEEE item, there may be a small fee to cover the collection costs. You may also drop in your old item at any of our local stores and warehouses for free, please remember to bring your receipt with you though. Any WEEE returned to us will be passed on to be recycled at a government accredited disposal centre.
Are there other ways to dispose of WEEE?
Sure there is, if your item is still in working order, you could try selling it on an auction site, or giving to a local charity or someone else who may need it, this is by far the best way of dealing with a working item that you don't want any more. By extending the life of your old equipment you are also contributing to the efficient use of resources and avoiding additional waste. Well done you!
What types of product fall under the WEEE directive?
Most WEEE items sold in the UK will have the crossed wheelie bin logo on the box, encouraging you not to throw it away.
The WEEE Directive divides Electronic and Electrical Equipment into ten categories:
- Category 1 - Large household appliances (fridges, cookers, microwaves, washing machines, etc.)
- Category 2 - Small household appliances (vacuum cleaners, clocks, toasters, etc.)
- Category 3 - IT and Telecommunications equipment (PCs, mainframes, printers, copiers, phones, etc.)
- Category 4 - Consumer equipment (radios, hi-fi, musical instruments, videos, camcorders, etc.)
- Category 5 - Lighting equipment (fluorescent tubes and holders, sodium lamps, etc.)
- Category 6 - Electrical and electronic tools (drills, sewing machines, electric lawnmowers, etc.)
- Category 7 - Toys, leisure and sports equipment (electric trains, games consoles, exercise machines, etc.)
- Category 8 - Medical devices (analysers, dialysis machines, medical freezers, etc.)
- Category 9 - Monitoring and control equipment (smoke detectors, thermostats, scales, etc.)
- Category 10 - Automatic dispensers (hot drinks machines, sweet and chocolate bar dispensers, cash machines, etc.)
How does all this help the environment?
The WEEE directive will have positive impacts on the environment that we will soon all be able to notice. Instead of all the electrical and electronic equipment going to landfill sites it will be dealt with separately, by specialist organisations. The products will be treated and disposed of in an environmentally sound way, recycling them where possible, therefore reducing the amounts of WEEE going to landfill sites across the EU.
Where can I get more information on Recycling?
You can find out more about recycling in your home and business as well as how to lead a more environmentally conscious lifestyle at http://www.recycle-more.co.uk/ This great site has advice and information on your local recycling centre.