|SmallDrives and the WEEE Regulations for disposal of
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment in the UK
the UK we throw out over 1m tonnes of waste electrical
and electronic equipment (WEEE) a year. New WEEE
regulations covering how we should dispose of this waste
came into effect from 1st July 2007. Most e-waste is
toxic, harmful to the environment and to human health so
it is important that these products are recycled or
otherwise disposed of safely.
Typical products that are covered by the WEEE
regulations include products requiring electricity or
battery support to function e.g. stereos, TV’s, video
game consoles, hand held computer games, electric tools,
household appliances, computers, mobile phones, sewing
How Can You
Make a Difference?
and Electronic Equipment that was made after June 2006
should display this symbol on the packaging or product.
Either send the product to be repaired and reused or use
your local authority’s bank locator to find where it can
If the symbol shown here is found on any of your
goods, it means that the product is classed as
Electrical or Electronic Equipment and is covered by the
When you have finished with a product containing this
symbol (WEEE product) please do not put in your general
household waste or in your household recycling bin as it
will not be recycled through these channels. Please use
one of the following disposal options instead:
1 - Can it be Recycled?
To ensure that your WEEE is recycled in
accordance with the regulations, you must ensure that
the goods are separately disposed of by taking the WEEE
product to your local designated collection facility.
This would normally be your local civic amenity site
(recycling centre). To locate your local site, contact
your local authority at:
To find which waste
electrical goods you can recycle near you, type your
postcode into the bank locator at:
2 - Hand the old equivalent product back to us
when purchasing a replacement (like for like) product
from our website.
3 - Other useful websites: