WEEE and Old Batteries – Waste Electrical, Electronic Equipment
Electrical goods range from hairdryers and toasters to TVs and washing
machines and every year, we in the UK throw away enough unwanted electrical
products to fill Wembley stadium six times!
To help reduce this enormous amount of waste, the government has introduced
the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations.
As part of these regulations retailers who sell electrical products are
required to take back into the store, on a like for like basis, for instance you
buy a TV they will take back an old TV not a cooker. Customer must return
unwanted products within 28 days of purchase. It is the customers’
responsibility to return the unwanted product to the store not the retailers.
Some retailers will collect unwanted electrical products on a like for like
basis from customer homes. There may well be a charge for this service.
Alternatively you can take the unwanted product to your local council run waste
tip or ask the council to collect it from you. Once again there may be a charge
for collecting the waste.
However, some retailers have made a financial contribution to help fund
recycling facilities at local amenity waste sites. These retailers are not
obliged to accept your old electrical equipment back in store.
Your local retailer will be able to tell you whether or not they
accept your old electrical equipment.
Consumers are now able to dispose of unwanted used batteries at a number of places including, libraries, schools and colleges as well as most electrical retail outlets.
Most retra members have already received containers in which
consumers can place their old batteries for safe disposal and recycling so as
not to be dumped in the ground.
Just think what damage a spent and leaking battery does to you
battery powered goods and all that could end up in the ground if you do not
dispose of them correctly.
Look for the containers in your local retra dealer and other places
and place your old used batteries in them.
Recycle Now or the Earth Gets It!
For more information please contact retra
t: 01234 269110