The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is now UK law.The legislation aims to make producers pay for the collection, treatment and recovery of waste electrical equipment. The regulations also mean that suppliers of equipment like high street shops and internet retailers must allow consumers to return their waste equipment free of charge. The amount of WEEE we throw away is increasing by around 5% each 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 also 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. Distributors of new Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) have a part to play in reducing the amount of WEEE going into landfill sites. Bowmantech Limited is obliged under these regulations to offer our customers free take-back of their WEEE on a like-for-like basis when they buy a new Electrical or Electronic product from us. For example, if a customer bought a new network switch from us we would accept their old network switch and prevent it going into a landfill site by disposing of it safely. Customers must return their WEEE item to us within 28 days of purchasing their new item. Under the WEEE Regulations, all new electrical goods should now be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol shown below: Goods are marked with this symbol to show that they were produced after 13th August 2005, and should be disposed of separately from normal household waste so that they can be recycled.
UK Battery Directive
What Is The Batteries Directive?
This directive sets out clear guidelines for the collection, treatment and recycling of waste industrial, automotive and portable batteries. All batteries are required to be labelled with the appropriate battery label. The regulations have been put in place to ensure that products are recycled using best available treatment, recovery and recycling techniques to ensure human health and high environmental protection.
How Do I Recycle My Old Batteries?
Portable Batteries (e.g. Alkaline AAA) can be returned to Bowmantech Limited in person at Abbey House. 1650 Abbey Business Park, Theale, RG7 4SA, (please do not post) Portable Batteries can also be recycled at a local council site - please contact them directly for further information.