WEEE Regulations

What is WEEE?

What is WEEE?

The Waste Electrical or Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive requires countries to maximise separate collection and environmentally friendly processing of these items.

Why recycle unwanted electrical equipment?

Why recycle unwanted electrical equipment?

Unwanted electrical equipment is the UK’s fastest growing type of waste.

Many electrical items can be repaired or recycled, saving natural resources and the environment. If you do not recycle electrical equipment will end up in landfill where hazardous substances will leak out and cause soil and water contamination – harming wildlife and also human health.

We’re proud to support your local authority in providing local recycling facilities for electrical equipment.

To remind you that old electrical equipment can be recycled, it is now marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. Please do not throw any electrical equipment (including those marked with this symbol) in your bin.

Helping to recycle your electrical equipment

Helping to recycle your electrical equipment 

In the UK, distributors including retailers must provide a system which allows all customers buying new electrical equipment the opportunity to recycle their old items free of charge. As a responsible retailer, we have met the requirements placed on us by financially supporting the national network of WEEE recycling centres established by local authorities. This is achieved through membership of the national Distributor Take-back scheme (DTS).

Wiggle Ltd is a member of Valpak's Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS) Registration ID: 416321.

By taking your waste electrical products to one of the registered amenity sites, customers can be confident that their product will be subjected to a monitored and controlled recycling process, thereby preventing these products being sent to landfill.

Why are we involved?

Why are we involved?

Electrical goods are the fastest growing waste stream in the UK, growing by 5% each year.

Every year an estimated 2 million tonnes of WEEE items are discarded by householders and companies in the UK. (source: HSE)

Nearly 25% of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) that’s taken to household waste recycling centres could be re-used. (source: WRAP)

In the lifetime of 1 UK citizen 3.3 tonnes of waste electronics is created! (weeeman.org)

Two million TV sets are discarded every year - most end up in landfill sites. (Recycle Now)

Over six million electrical items are thrown away every year in the UK. It is estimated that over half of them are still working or could easily be repaired. (ITDG, 2003)

15 million mobile phones are upgraded in the UK each year, laid from end-to-end they would reach from John O'Groats to Lands’ End! (www.therecyclingfactory.com)

How does this work in practice?

How does this work in practice?

Customers will be able to take any old electrical equipment to participating civic amenity

sites (often known as ‘household waste recycling centres’) run by their local councils, a list of participation collection points can be found on www.recycle-more.co.uk.

Please remember that this equipment will be further handled during the recycling process, so please be considerate when depositing your equipment. Funding collected through the Distributors Take Back Scheme has been distributed between all Local Authorities in the UK to ensure the provision of improved recycling facilities. Producers of these products will then ensure that deposited items are taken away and recycled.

You can locate your nearest participating collection site at www.recycle-more.co.uk.

(Please remember to have your postcode to hand).

Replacing your old electrical is easy!

Replacing your old electricals is easy!

Recycle your electrical and electronic devices free at your local recycling centre.

To find your nearest centre, visit the website www.recycle-more.co.uk and type in your postcode.