Weee Regulations 2006
1st July 2007 saw the introduction of the WEEE Regulations 2006. This has a major impact on the way we deal with end of life electrical and electronic equipment (eee) in the UK.
Electrical and electronic equipment should never be disposed of with general household waste but must be separately collected for the proper treatment and recovery.
The crossed-out bin symbol on the product reminds you of the need to dispose of the product correctly at the end of its life.
The WEEE Regulations do not require householders to dispose of electrical and electronic equipment in a certain way. However, you are strongly encouraged to dispose of WEEE separately from household waste and make use of the collection facilities provided under the Regulations.
Separate collection of WEEE allows it to be recycled, saving energy and resources and avoiding hazardous materials from going to landfill. In this way you will assist in the recovery, recycling and reuse of many of the materials used in this product.
Take Back Scheme
Householders are entitled to take back WEEE for recycling free of charge. When buying a new product you will have the opportunity to return to the retailer (the supplier of your new product) free of charge, the old equipment or product that it replaces. A charge can be made for bulky waste collection services for “collection on delivery services” from retailers. The regulations do not entitle householders to a free collection of old electrical items.
Provision Of Free Take-Back Relating To Distance Sellers
A distance seller (such as an internet retailer, a mail order retailer or a telesales retailer) also needs to fulfil their obligation to provide free take-back facilities for consumers of EEE. This can be done by:
- joining the Distributor Take-back Scheme which assists in funding a national network of collection facilities; or
- allowing these sales to qualify for in-store take-back through one of their local stores (where these exist); or
- providing the customer with an alternative local route for free take-back.
The distributor must tell his customers how they can dispose of WEEE (such as through their mail-order adverts, on-screen during on-line sales, and/or through leaflets included with purchases).
In order to return an item of Weee under these regulations when you are purchasing an equivalent item please contact the supplier of your goods.
Local Authority Collection Points
Your Local Authority may well have collection points for the recycling of WEEE products; this is usually at the waste recycling facility. Please contact your local authority for more details.
Some local authorities will collect your bulky old electrical items but may make a charge for these collection services.
You can find your nearest collection facility from the Recycle-More website: www.recycle-more.co.uk
Venom is not a member of a take back scheme and as such any consumer purchase of a product direct from Venom Ltd entitles the householder to return a like for like product to Venom for recycling. The cost of returning the product is met by the consumer.
Venom belongs to a WEEE recycling scheme operated by WeeeCare who collect and recycle WEEE product from Venom. With your help it is possible to reduce the amount of electrical and electronic waste ending up in landfill and to improve quality of life by preventing the release of potentially hazardous substances into the environment.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have to pay to get rid of WEEE?
Householders are entitled to take-back WEEE for recycling free of charge. Distributors must offer a free method of getting rid of WEEE that is being replaced, either by signposting to a collection facility they support through their membership of the Distributor Take-back Scheme, or by offering free in-store take-back, or an alternative free take-back service, or for “collection on delivery services” from retailers. The Regulations do not entitle householders to a free collection of old electrical items.
The distributor I am buying a new product from refuses to take back in store the item I am replacing. What should I do?
Distributors do not need to offer in store take-back if they can show they are a member of the Distributor Take-back Scheme (DTS). Members of the DTS must be able to direct you to free local collection facilities.
Distributors who are not members of the DTS must offer in store take-back, or an alternative free take-back service. However, they only have to do this for equipment you are replacing with an equivalent item bought from them at the time or within a reasonable period after purchase of the new item.
Will someone collect my WEEE from me?
The WEEE Regulations do not entitle you to free collection of WEEE. Retailers, producers and your Local Authority may offer collection services, but they may charge for this service.