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WEEE Regulations.

The Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment

(WEEE) Regulations 2013 became law in the UK on the 1st of January 2014 and replaced the 2006 Regulations.

Recycling of WEEE is a specialist part of the waste and recycling industry. It is a rapidly growing sub-sector due largely to the implementation of the original WEEE Directive in the UK by the WEEE Regulations 2006. With that came the associated requirements for the recovery, reuse, recycling and treatment of WEEE:


Instructions for disposal of electrical and electronic equipment


Electrical and electronic equipment may not be disposed of in unsorted municipal waste (household waste) after use. Waste equipment may contain harmful substances that can harm the environment and health. For details, please refer to the manufacturer's instructions. Please dispose of old equipment in the appropriate return systems. Please inform yourself about the return system that is valid in the UK and use it for disposal. In the European Union, the return is free of charge and is required by law.

All old electronic equipment should be recycled. This way valuable raw materials like iron, zinc or nickel can be recovered.

Information on the meaning of symbols on batteries and accumulators on electrical and electronic devices:



HG: Battery contains mercury

CD: Battery contains cadmium

PB: Battery contains lead


Batteries and accumulators or electrical and electrical appliances must not be disposed of in household refuse.