WEEE Regulations How it Affects You
- So what has changed?
- The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is now UK law. The 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.
- We're in this together
- Distributors of new Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) have a part to play in reducing the amount of WEEE going into landfill sites.
- How can we help you
- Unique Car Mats (UK) 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.
- When should you get in touch
If you're purchasing a new dashcam or other electronic device from us, we would accept your old device (like for like) in exchange to prevent it going into a landfill site. We can then dispose of it safely. Customers must return their WEEE item to us within 28 days of purchasing their new item.
If a non recyclable symbol appears on your electronic product, it means that you must dispose of it correctly.
- What you need to know about the Waste Battery Regulations 2009
The Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009. In 2009, new regulations on the recycling of batteries and accumulators (rechargeable batteries) were introduced. The Batteries Regulations aim to significantly increase UK collection and recycling of used portable batteries from the current rate of about 3% to 25% by 2012, rising to at least 45% in 2016.
Under the Waste Battery Regulations, Unique Car Mats (UK) Ltd is now offering a take back scheme for all portable waste batteries. You can return your waste batteries to our business premises* in person (please do not post). Alternatively, you can find your local waste portable battery recycling facility at www.recyclenow.com.
Most supermarkets and shops that sell batteries will have collection bins for used batteries, and some town halls, libraries or schools may also set up collection points. End-users may find stores in their local area more accessible.
- Who should I contact?
- If you would like to speak to us about proper waste management, a product you have purchased that requires recycling, then please contact us email@example.com