The amount of electrical waste we throw away is increasing by around 5% each year, making it the fastest growing waste stream in the UK.
This increase is mainly down to:
new technologies being developed
throw away lifestyle
Over 75% of waste electrical goods end up in landfill, where lead and other toxins contained in the electrical goods can cause soil and water contamination.
Many of the electrical items that we throw away can be repaired or recycled. Recycling items helps to save natural finite resources and also reduces the environmental and health risks associated with sending waste electrical goods to landfill.
You can recycle many electrical and electronic items, to find out more go to the Recycle-More
website, which will give you details of your local recycling centre.
Some Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment can contain hazardous substances which could be damaging to the environment and to human health if disposed of in landfill. The best solution is to take all Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment to a recycling centre where any recyclable materials will be recovered, and the remainder will be disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.
In order to partially meet our obligations as a distributor as defined in the UK Waste
Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations (SI 2006 No. 3289 - 11
December 2006), we have opted to become a full member of the Distributor Take back
Scheme (DTS) as defined in regulation 35 of the WEEE Regulations.
As a member of the DTS, we have made a financial contribution toward the development
of the network of Designated Collection Facilities (DCFs) for WEEE instead of collecting
waste items instore. 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. To locate your local WEEE collection site,
please visit www.recycle-more.co.uk or contact our customer services department.View our registration certificate here