The European Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment(WEEE) Directive aims to reduce the amount of WEEE going to landfill, by requiring all manufacturers and producers to take responsibility for what happens to the products they sell at the end of their lives.
Why should we recycle waste electrical goods?
From 1 July 2007, new government regulations called the Waste Electrical and Electronic(WEEE) Regulations came into force to encourage people to arrange collection or recycling of old electrical products, rather than throwing them away.
The amount of electrical waste we throw away is increasing by around 5% each year, making it the fastest growing waste stream in the UK.
Each year in the UK we go throw away over 1.2 million tonnes of electrical and electronic waste.
This the equivalent of 150 thousand double-decker buses!
This increase is mainly down to:
- New technologies being developed
- Affluent society
- Throw away lifestyle
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 the toxins can cause problems to communities as their water and soil is polluted.
Many of the electrical items that we throw away can be repaired or recycled. Recycling items helps to save natural finite resources and also reduces the environmental and health risks associated with sending waste electrical goods to landfill.
To minimize our impact on this earth and to protect the environment for future generations, it is important that we are all aware of the consequences of our actions and how we can make a difference.
How can you recycle your old appliance?
As a distributor, EUROMOBILITY are committed to reducing the amount of WEEE that goes into land fill. EUROMOBILITY have joined the Distributor Take-Back Scheme (DTS) which means that we have contributed to a central fund to help improve local recycling centres.
You can return your WEEE to your local centre at:
BURIAL GROUND LANE, TOVIL, MAIDTONE, KENT ME15 6TA
The "crossed out wheelie bin" logo
Please be aware that all new electrical & electronic products sold carry the crossed out wheelie bin logo helping you to identify which products are recyclable.