WEEE Directive - Compliance Statement UK
Compliance with the UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations - Recycling household electrical equipment
With effect from 1st July 2007, the UK's Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006 ("WEEE Regulations") require that all producers of electrical equipment are obliged to pay for recycling of household electrical goods; where previously this bill was met by councils or items were not recycled at all. These Regulations also require that all Producers and Distributors (as defined in the WEEE Regulations) both actively assist in delivering a UK wide WEEE collection infrastructure and encourage the participation of consumers in recycling electronic equipment.
In order to meet our obligations as a Distributor, we have opted to become a full member of the government approved Distributor Take back Scheme (DTS). Membership of the DTS is defined in regulation 35 of the WEEE Regulations and delivers exemption from the requirements of Regulation 31 (to ensure that WEEE from private households can be returned free of charge and on a one-to-one basis) and Regulation 34 (1) (maintenance of records).
As a member of the DTS, we have made a financial contribution towards the development of the network of Designated Collection Facilities (DCFs). This as an alternative to offering in-store take back of WEEE. This financial contribution is described in paragraphs 83 to 88 of the UK WEEE guidance, and has been used to improve the WEEE collection facilities located at Local Authority Civic Amenity sites.
In accordance with our obligations under Regulation 33, we are required to make the following information available to users of EEE in private households
- an explanation of the requirement on each Member State under Article 2 of the Directive, which is 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 collection and take back systems available to the private households;
- the role of the consumer purchasing WEEE products in contributing to the reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery of WEEE under the Regulations;
- the potential affects on the environment and human health as a result of the presence of hazardous substances in EEE; and
- the meaning of the crossed out wheeled bin symbol.
This information can be found by visiting www.recycle-more.co.uk
To find your nearest participating collection site in the UK and for advice on all aspects of recycling at home, please visit www.recycle-more.co.uk
WEEE UK DTS registration no. 2335
The Waste Batteries and Accumulators
Under the Waste Battery Regulations, Insight are now offering a take back scheme for all portable waste batteries.
Please return your batteries to:
Insight Direct (UK) Ltd
Sheffield Distribution Centre
Tinsley Park Road
Off Shepcote Lane
Suite B, Sheffield
For further advice please call: 0114 284 1370
Please return your waste batteries in person - please do not post. Alternatively, you can find your local waste portable battery 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.