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WEEE Regulations and Power Tool Sales


All electrical equipment must be disposed of, in an environmentally friendly way to prevent pollution. As a responsible retailer, Power Tool Sales Ltd will work with you to ensure all electrical and electronic goods are disposed of safely and correctly to minimise their negative impact on the environment.

About the WEEE Regulations

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive is now UK Law. The legislation aims to make producers pay for the collection, treatment and recovery of waste electrical equipment. The regulations also mean that suppliers of equipment like high street shops and internet retailers must allow consumers to return their waste equipment free of charge.

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 have a harmful effect on the natural habitat, wildlife and also human health. Many Electrical items that 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 the sending of, or disposal of electrical goods to landfill.

Distributors of new Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) have a part to play in reducing the amount of WEEE going into landfill sites.

How Power Tool Sales is helping you with WEEE

Power Tool Sales Ltd is obliged under these regulations to offer our customers free take-back of their WEEE on a like-for-like basis when they buy a new Electrical or Electronic product from us.

For Example, if you were a customer purchasing a new drill from us, we would accept your old drill and prevent it going into a landfill site by disposing of it safely. Customers must return their WEEE item to us within 28 days of purchasing their own new item, at their own cost.

Under the WEEE Regulations, all new electrical goods should now be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol, shown below.

Goods are marked with this symbol to show that they were produced after 13/08/2005, and should be disposed of separately from normal household waste so that they can be recycled.

Further information

For further information please visit www.recycle-more.co.uk

This one-stop recycling information centre provides help and advice on all aspects of recycling and will direct you to your nearest Designated Collection Facility (DCF).