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WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive

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 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 sending 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.

The Linux Emporium 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, when you buy a new Laptop from us we will accept your old laptop and prevent it going into a landfill site by sending it for recycling or reclamation, please note that disk drives will be scrubbed clean of any data before being recycled. If you would like to send your old item to us for environmentally sound disposal, it must be must returned to us within 28 days of purchasing the new item.

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

Crossed out Wheelie bin symbol - WEEE Directive

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

Sending Your Old Electronic Equipment to us For Recycling

Once you have placed an order with us for a laptop, desktop pc, wireless card or other electronic component please contact us, by email or telephone, with the order reference number stating that you have an equivelant device to be recycled. Then pack up the item and send the item to us, along with the reference number for your order, at the following address:
WEEE Directive
The Linux Emporium
The Techno Centre
Puma Way

Contact details for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling at The Linux Emporium
Telephone: 02476 158121


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