UK households dispose of over 1.2 million tonnes of electrical and electronic waste every year. This is the equivalent of 150,000 double decker buses and would be enough to fill the new Wembley Stadium 6 times over.
Much of the UK’s electronic waste ends up in landfill sites, where toxins put communities at risk. Failure to segregate any type of recyclable material in the home will usually result in items being disposed of in a landfill site (buried in the ground in the UK) or being incinerated. The UK WEEE Regulations require that businesses involved in the supply of electrical equipment take an active role in its collection and recycling.
The aim of the legislation is to:
So that you can get your old electrical products recycled, we have made a financial contribution towards the development of improved recycling collection points (known as ‘Designated Collection Facilities’) throughout the UK through our membership of the Distributor Take Back Scheme. To remind you to recycle, all new electrical products are marked with a crossed out wheelie bin symbol.
You can take any old electrical equipment to participating civic amenity sites (often known as ‘household waste recycling centres’) run by their local councils. Please remember that this equipment will be further handled during the recycling process, so please be sure to remove any non-electrical product (for example food waste).
You can locate your closest participating recycling centre using www.recycle-more.co.uk please remember to have your postcode to hand.