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Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)

What is it?

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) was
introduced in January 2007 by the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment
Regulations 2006. The WEEE Directive aims to reduce the amount of electrical
and electronic equipment being produced and to encourage everyone to reuse,
recycle and recover it. The WEEE Directive also aims to improve the environmental
performance of businesses that manufacture, supply, use, recycle and recover
electrical and electronic equipment.

What items are covered?

The WEEE Directive includes a list of categories of electrical and electronic equipment. These are presented in Annex 1A of the Directive.

There are ten categories of WEEE

  1. Large household appliances

  2. Small household appliances

  3. IT and telecommunications equipment

  4. Consumer equipment

  5. Lighting equipment

  6. Electrical and electronic tools

  7. Toys, leisure and sports equipment

  8. Medical devices

  9. Monitoring and control equipment

  10. Automatic dispensers.

The WEEE Regulations apply to equipment in the above categories with a voltage of up to 1000 volts AC or up to 1500 volts DC. Certain types of EEE are exempt from the regulations, including:

  1. Equipment that doesn't need electricity to work

  2. Equipment that is part of another type of equipment which is outside the scope of the WEEE Regulations, for example aircraft and vehicles

  3. EEE designed to protect the UK's national security or that is used for a military purpose

  4. Filament light bulbs

  5. Household lighting

  6. Large stationary industrial tools - permanently fixed at a given place in industrial machinery or an industrial location

  7. Medical implants and infected medical equipment.

Why recycle?

Many electrical items can be repaired or recycled, saving natural resources and the environment. If you do not recycle, electrical equipment will end up in landfill where hazardous substances will leak out and cause soil and water contamination – harming wildlife and also human health.

How to Identify WEEE items

The crossed-out wheelie bin symbol shown below, which has been required since August 2005, is used to indicate equipment which should not be disposed of with general household waste. The horizontal bar underneath the bin indicates items which were first placed on the market after August 2005. Some producers may use a date code instead of this bar.


 How do I recycle my old WEEE items?

Tektraders runs a like for like take back scheme. When you buy an electrical item from us we will recycle your old product free of charge. It has to be like for like eg. a laptop for a laptop, not a TV for a laptop.

You must return the item you would like to recycle within 28 days of purchasing the new one. The address to bring or deliver it to is:

Tektraders Ltd
Unit 28 Portsmouth Enterprise Centre
Quartremaine Road
Please call us on 02392 699 412 before making delivery and provide your order number and a desciption of the product.

Find more information on WEEE recycling, and locate your local recycling centre, at www.recyclenow.com



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