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Facewest WEEE and Battery Regs

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations.

All European member States including the U.K. have agreed to reduce the amount of WEEE that is being disposed of in landfill sites. It is important that the amount of WEEE sent to landfill sites is reduced because:

  • Some WEEE can be re-used or recycled. The amount of landfill space available in the UK is decreasing. If we can keep WEEE out of landfill sites it means there is more landfill space available for non-recyclable waste.
  • WEEE can contain hazardous substances. When left in landfill sites the hazardous substances in WEEE can pollute soil and contaminate water supplies. This contamination can damage human health and the environment.

Distributors of new Electric and Electronic Equipment (or EEE) have a part to play in reducing the amount of WEEE going into landfill sites. Facewest.co.uk are offering our customers free take-back of their WEEE on a like-for-like basis when they buy a new Electrical or Electronic product.

For example, if a customer buys a new Headtorch from us we will take back their old Headtorch (provided it is of equivalent type and function) and prevent it going into a landfill site by disposing of it safely. Customers must return their old WEEE within 28 days of purchasing their new item. Customers do not have to pay to return their old item to us. If you wish to return your WEEE item, please contact us at the telephone number at the base of the page.

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.

Waste Batteries Regulations

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 Facewest in person at Unit 6, Gordon Mill, Guiseley, LS20 9PD.

Portable Batteries can also be recycled at a local council site - please contact them directly for further information.

Most supermarkets and shops that sell batteries also have collection bins.