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Recycling | WEEE Regulations

As a retailer, we take our responsibilities of recycling old appliances very seriously, and we support the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive from the government. 

Why Recycle?

Unwanted electrical equipment is the UK's fastest-growing type of waste. Many electrical items can be repaired or recycled, saving natural resources and the environment. If you do not recycle, electrical equipment will end up in landfill where hazardous substances will leak out and cause soil and water contamination - harming wildlife and human health. 

How Electrical World Can Help

When you purchase an item from us covered under the WEEE scheme directive (detailed below) we can offer you two methods of recycling for the item you are replacing (We can take back any item as long as it is being used for a similar function e.g. fluorescent bulb when you bought an LED to replace it from us). 

  1. Drop your item back to us locally.
  2. We can collect the item from you (please contact us for a collection cost).

Your returned item is then documented and recycled according to the WEEE directive. 


Items that fall under the WEEE Guidelines include: 

  • Large household appliances, e.g. electrical radiators and air conditioning appliances
  • Small household appliances, e.g. kettles and toasters
  • Consumer equipment, e.g. radios
  • Lighting equipment, e.g. fluorescent lamps and non-household luminaires
  • Electrical and electronic tools, e.g. drills and welding equipment
  • Monitoring and control instruments, e.g. smoke detectors, thermostats, and other instruments used in industrial installations
  • Display equipment, e.g. TVs
  • Cooling appliances containing refrigerants


To remind you that old electrical equipment can be recycled, it is now marked with a crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. Please do not throw out any electrical equipment (including those with this symbol) in your bin. 


What is WEEE?

The Waste Electrical or Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive requires countries to maximize separate collection and environmentally friendly processing of these items. In the UK, distributors (including retailers) must provide a system which allows all customers buying new electrical equipment the opportunity to recycle their old items free of charge. Those establishing their own take-back scheme must at a minimum offer all customers buying new equipment free take-back of their old electricals on a like-for-like basis.

For more information on WEEE recycling, and to locate your local recycling centre, please visit http://www.recyclenow.com/


Electrical World Registration Number: WEE/KD4237XX 

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