Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006 (The WEEE Regulations)
The waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is now UK law.
Chisholm Hunter is a distributor of Business to Consumer (B2C) Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE). As a responsible company, Chisholm Hunter is committed to providing high quality products and services to our customers and reducing our environmental impact, by recycling our products when they become waste electrical and electronic equipment, in an environmentally friendly manner.
Chisholm Hunter will provide the following Free of Charge services to our customers:
Provide 'take back' on a like for like basis across our product range from the 1st of July 2007;
The 'take back' service is available free of charge when you purchase a replacement product from us;
This service is available at all of our retail outlets and also on our internet sales products;
We will provide the above service free of charge for any like for like product irrespective of the manufacturer of the product, when the customer is purchasing a replacement product from Chisholm Hunter.
For example, if a customer bought a new watch from us we would accept their old watch and prevent it from going into a landfill site by disposing of it safely. Customers must return their WEEE item to us within 28 days of purchasing their new item.
The amount of WEEE we throw away is increasing by around 5% each year, making it the fastest growing waste stream in the UK.
Much of the UK's WEEE ends up in landfill, where the lead and other toxins it contains can cause soil and water contamination. This can be a harmful effect on natural habitat, wildlife and also human health.
Many electrical items we throw away can be repaired or recycled. Recycling items helps to save our natural finite resources and also reduces the environmental and health risks associated with sending electrical goods to landfill.
From the 1st July 2007 the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006 (the WEEE Regulations) came into effect in the UK. The aim of the regulations is to reduce the amount of WEEE going to landfill for disposal. This will be achieved by promoting the separate collection of WEEE and its re-use, recycling, recovery and environmentally sound disposal. This approach saves energy, resources and avoids hazardous materials from going to landfill.
Any product that requires electricity or batteries to enable it to perform its primary function, would be classed as electrical or electronic equipment (EEE); everyday examples would be a watch or alarm clock.
Products which are classed as EEE and are covered by the regulations must display a crossed out wheeled bin symbol on the product; or if this is not possible the symbol must be displayed on the packaging, the instruction leaflet and the warranty. Products displaying a black bar beneath the wheeled bin, denote EEE placed upon the market after the 13th August 2005; products without the black bar are placed on the market prior to the 13th August 2005.
This symbol allows you to identify WEEE products and dispose of them separately from other household waste when it reaches the end of its useful life.
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