Weee Regulation

UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations. Recycling electrical and electronic products

Q. What are Smiths TV obligations according to the WEEE Directive?

As a distributor of EEE, Smiths TV must facilitate the take-back of household WEEE from UK consumers and has decided to fulfil its obligations in this area by joining the Government approved "Distributor Take-Back scheme" (DTS) set up by Valpak. By joining the Valpak scheme Smiths TV is contributing to the establishment of a network of Designated Collection Facilities (DCF) where consumers may dispose of their WEEE free of charge for recycling and treatment in an ecologically sound manner. In this way Smiths TV can ensure that WEEE is disposed of by customers in a way that optimizes its re-use and recycling. The recycling and treatment of WEEE itself is part of the producer's obligation under the WEEE Directive. As a consequence of our membership of the Valpak scheme Smiths TV is not obilgated to accept returns of household WEEE itself for recycling, neither are we obligated to make arrangements for its collection.

Q. How will I know whether the new products I buy can be recycled?

All new electrical and electronic products sold now carry a crossed out wheelie bin symbol to help you identify which products are recyclable. You do not have to have purchased new electrical and electronic equipment to be able to recycle your old equipment. Please help us to minimise the effect we all have on the environment by recycling your waste electrical and electronic products.

Q. How does Smiths TV ensure safe disposal of my WEEE?

Smiths TV has decided to join the Distributor Take-Back scheme (DTS) commissioned by the British Retail Consortium. This scheme is run by Valpak who are officially approved by the Government. As part of this scheme we ask that you take your old piece of equipment to a designated collection facility (DCF) run by Valpak in your area. An online search facility to help you identify a DCF near you is available on the following website: www.recycle-more.co.uk

Q. Are there any other ways of disposing of my old electronic equipment?

If your old piece of electronic equipment is still in a good working condition or could be repaired for further use, please consider donating it to a charitable organisation or by giving it to someone else in need. By extending the lifetime of your old equipment you are also contributing to the efficient use of resources and avoiding additional waste.

Q: Why should I recycle my old electrical and electronic products?

This is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the UK and our landfill sites are reaching full capacity. UK households dispose of over 1.2 million tonnes of electrical and electronic waste every year. This is the equivalent of 150,000 double-decker buses and would be enough to fill the new Wembley Stadium 6 times over. Much of the UK's electronic waste ends up in landfill sites, where toxins put communities at risk Much of this waste can be recycled and the resources recovered to make new consumer goods. We all have a part to play in protecting our environment for future generations.