The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is now UK law. This legislation aims to make producers pay for the collection, treatment and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment. This directive also requires suppliers of electrical and electronic equipment such as high street shops and internet retailers to allow consumers to return their waste equipment free of charge. The amount of WEEE we throw out is increasing by around 5% each year, making it the fastest growing waste stream in the UK. It is important that we address this issue because:
• Much of the UK's WEEE ends up in landfill sites, 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;
• Much of the UK's WEEE can be repaired or recycled. Recycling helps to save our natural finite resources and also reduces the environmental and health risks associated with sending electrical and electronic goods to landfill sites.
Distributors of new electric and electronic equipment have a key role to play in reducing the amount of WEEE going to landfill sites. We are now obliged under these regulations to offer you a free take-back of your WEEE on a like for like basis when you buy a new electrical or electronic item from us. For example, if you buy a brand new Kestrel DAS-6 Dual Action Machine Polisher from us we will accept back your old Kestrel DAS-6 Dual Action Machine Polisher and stop it going to a landfill site by disposing of it safely. To use this service you must return your WEEE item to us within twenty eight days of purchasing an identical brand new item and you must bear the full cost of returning the WEEE item to us.
Under the WEEE regulations, all new electrical and electronic goods should now be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol shown below:
Goods are marked with this symbol to indicate that they were produced after 13th August 2005, and should be disposed of separately from normal household waste so that they can be properly recycled. Any comments or questions relating to our WEEE policy should be directed to us using the e-mail address shown on the contact us page of this website.