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Waste Batteries and Accumulators and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations
This page provides advice on what the Waste Batteries and Accumulators and Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations mean for you and your purchases on AllBatteries.co.uk
Waste Battery Regulations:
In May 2009, the UK Waste Batteries and Accumulators regulations were introduced to help reduce the amount of batteries which end up in landfill. This legislation requires battery producers to finance the collection, treatment and recycling of this type of waste. On this page you will find information about how this legislation affects your purchases on AllBatteries.co.uk and what you should do to correctly dispose of your batteries.
Allbatteries UK Ltd. offers a free of charge take back scheme for waste portable batteries to end users. This works via a collection box at our UK offices into which waste batteries can be freely deposited. Industrial and automotive batteries may also be returned to our warehouse but this is by prior arrangements only. The return of all waste batteries is at the cost of the end user and all deposits excluding those to the facilities in the reception area of our UK offices must be made by prior agreement.
Batteries returned by post must be fully compliant with the legislation restricting the transport of waste batteries. Guidelines may vary between different couriers and transport companies.
If you are unable to return portable batteries in person or with an approved transport method you should dispose of waste batteries through your local council's designated battery recycling facilties. A number of supermarkets now provide waste battery recycling bins.
Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations:
Not every AllBatteries product is subject to the same treatment under the WEEE regulations. Some of our products, typically chargers and power supplies, are affected by different aspects of the legislation than our batteries and rechargeable batteries. This section aims to provide advice on what the Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations mean for AllBatteries.co.uk customers.
WEEE is one of the fastest growing waste streams in Europe. In the UK alone, householders throw away around one million tonnes of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) each year. Much of this waste ends up in landfill, where the harmful substances it contains can cause pollution; but it is possible to reuse and recycle electrical items rather than send them to a landfill. In July 2007 the way this waste is managed changed with the introduction of the WEEE Regulations. The regulations aim to minimise the impact of electrical and electronic goods on the environment, by increasing re-use and recycling and reducing the amount of WEEE going to landfills. To ensure waste electrical items do not contribute to damaging the environment, they need to be separated out from other household waste so that they can be recycled. The WEEE Regulations make it easier for consumers to recycle their old electrical equipment through a mixture of dedicated collection points at local civic amenity sites and new take back facilities provided by retailers.
As a distributor of batteries, rechargeable batteries and Electrical and Electronic Equipment, AllBatteries.co.uk is obliged to provide our customers with a written resource giving advice to our customers about our compliance with the applicable regulations in this area. Most retailers have joined the Distributor Take-back Scheme (DTS), which is supporting a national network of Designated Collection Facilities (DCFs), where householders can return their WEEE. The DCF network is primarily based at local authority civic amenity sites. If the retailer is a DTS member it should be able to advise where the nearest civic amenity or household waste recycling centre is located. If the retailer is not a member of the Distributor Take-back Scheme, then they should be offering in-store take-back services. The Government expects all retailers of EEE to declare, if challenged by householders, whether they are providing take-back via their membership of the DTS or providing an in-store take-back service.
Allbatteries UK Ltd. offers a take-back service to our customers. Our customers can physically return or send their WEEE items to us on a one-for-one like-for-like basis when you buy an equivalent item from us. For example, if you buy a charger from us, then you are entitled to return your old charger to us. The WEEE item returned must fulfil the same function as the new item. The customer must return their old item to us within 28 days of purchasing their new item. Customers wishing to return a WEEE item must pay for any transport costs incurred in returning the WEEE item as well as ensure that they are sending the item back within the courier's guidelines for transporting this sort of equipment. We will then re-use, recycle, or dispose of the WEEE as appropriate.
All new WEEE (products or packaging) should be marked with the crossed out wheeled bin symbol: This symbol is intended to remind householders to separate their WEEE and dispose of it in a responsible manner and separately from other household waste.
To find out more about WEEE follow the link below:
More help with WEEE
If you are unsure about what you can recycle, you can download a chart here.
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