The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive is a UK law introduced in July 2007 with the aim to reduce the amount of waste created by electronic equipment. The amount of WEEE we throw away is increasing by around 5% every 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 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 introduction of these regulations means that manufacturers of electrical equipment now need to pay for the collection, treatment and recovery of waste electrical equipment, and that the suppliers of equipment, like high street shops and internet retailers, are now able to allow customers to return their waste equipment free of charge.
So, as an example, if a customer bought a new GPS from us, we would accept their old GPS and prevent it from going into a landfill site by disposing of it safely.