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WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)

1. "The company" refers to PC Specialist Ltd, registered in England & Wales under number 4777867.

WEEE refers to the Waste Electrical and Electronic equipment directive and is European Union legislation. Any company that distributes Electrical and Electronic equipment, irrespective of sale, has to comply with the WEEE regulations. The intention of this page is to inform our customers of the company's duties under the WEEE directive and explain how WEEE can be returned to the company.

Minimising the disposal of WEEE as unsorted municipal waste:

Under regulation 33 of the directive it is the requirement of the company to minimise the disposal of WEEE as unsorted municipal waste and to achieve a high level of collection of WEEE for treatment, recovery and environmentally sound. The company is classed as a distributor and a producer under the WEEE directive. As a result of this, the company is a member of two schemes:

  • The Distributor Take Back Scheme (DTS) provided by Valpak:

    • Under the UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations, the company is required to either provide waste collection systems for all types of equipment that the company supplies, or join the DTS. Because the company is a member of the DTS, the company is not subject to these waste collection requirements. Instead, the company's contributions have been used to enhance the UK's network of WEEE collection points (known as Designated Collection Facilities - DCF's), which will predominantly be based at council Household Waste Recycling Centres.

  • The WEEECare EA Producer Compliance Scheme (EA approved registration no. WEE/KA0005ZR):

    • The company is a member of the WEEECare EA Producer compliance scheme and submits data to the Environment Agency detailing volumes of EEE placed on the market. Registration to this scheme also includes the collection of WEEE from the company's business customers free of charge. WEEECare's sister company WasteCare will then recycle the WEEE. WasteCare is an Approved Authorised Treatment Facility (AATF).

Collection schemes available:

As a member of the above two schemes, the company is not subject to these waste collection requirements. Instead, the company's contributions have been used to enhance the UK's network of WEEE collection points (known as Designated Collection Facilities - DCF's).

If you are a consumer and wish to dispose of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), please visit www.recycle-more.co.uk where you can find further information on your local DCF.

If you are a business and wish to dispose of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), please visit http://www.weeecare.com/ where you can find further information on the collection facilities available to you. You can also call WEEECare directly on 0844 800 2004 to arrange for a pickup from your business premises only. You will also need to provide proof of purchase of Electrical and Electronic Equipment from the company.

The potential effects of WEEE on the environment and human health: Why has the European Union implemented the WEEE directive?

Over 75% of waste electrical goods end up in landfill, where lead and other toxins contained in the electrical goods can cause soil and water contamination. This can have a very harmful effect on natural habitat, wildlife and also human health. When situated near populated areas these toxins can cause problems to communities as their water and soil is polluted.

All the EEE placed on the market in the EU now has to have the crossed out wheelie bin symbol. All the EEE components the company integrates into the EEE it produces carry this logo, unless in exceptional cases, where this is necessary because of the size of the product. In this case the crossed out wheelie bin symbol shall be printed on:

  • the packaging
  • the instructions for use; and
  • the accompanying warranty.

The symbols look like this:

Electrical and Electronic Equipment that was made after 13th August 2005 should display this symbol on the packaging or product. Use the bank locator to find where it can be recycled.
This recycling symbol is very similar to the one above, but does not have a bar at the bottom of crossed out wheelie bin. This symbol will be used to support the Battery Directive which is due to become part of UK law in 2008.