EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2006
eSpares is considerate of the environment and is pleased to comply with the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2006. There is a requirement on each member State under Article 2 of the Directive to minimise the disposal of WEEE as unsorted municipal waste and to achieve a high level of collection of WEEE for treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal.
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.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is incorporated into 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 ourselves must allow consumers to return their waste equipment free of charge.
Some components in electrical appliances can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. Chemicals from them can leach into the soil or into the water supply.
It is everyone's responsibility to contribute to the reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery under WEEE Regulations. When you dispose of an appliance you should not throw it out with the domestic rubbish but take it to a recycling centre. Details of such centres can be obtained from your Local Authority or their website.
Under the WEEE Regulations, and to remind you of the need to recycle electrical products, all new electrical goods should now be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol.
Goods are marked with this symbol to show that they were produced after 13th August 2005, and should be disposed of separately from normal household waste so that they can be recycled.
Recycling your used batteries will contribute to protecting our environment and preserving the earth's natural resources. You may contact your local authority for information on a recycling facility in your area that will take back your used batteries. Or click here to find a collection point near you that will accept used batteries free of charge. Please make sure you select 'Batteries' before entering your postcode.
Please do not return your used batteries to us through the post as this is not recommended.