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WEEE and EU Waste Batteries and Accumulators Directives

EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

 

The EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive requires all Member EU countries to maximise the separate collection, reuse and recycling of WEEE. The UK WEEE regulations (derived from this Directive) applies to all Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) placed on the market in the UK covered by the scope of these Regulations.

 

Under the UK WEEE Regulations, “Producers” are required to mark all relevant EEE with a “crossed-out wheelie bin” symbol to remind consumers not to discard WEEE in the domestic waste stream. Green Energy Options Ltd (geo) encourages all of its customers to make note of this symbol and avoid putting any WEEE in domestic waste bins or containers.

 

geo supports the reuse and recycling of WEEE as there are several environmental benefits of doing so, such as: reduction of raw material and energy usage, prevention of landfill, prevention of hazardous and/or toxic materials present in some WEEE contaminating the environment.

 

As a Producer under the UK WEEE Regulations, geo complies with its Producer obligations by being registered as a member of the WeeeCare Compliance Scheme and obtaining the WEEE Producer Registration Number – WEE/FK1538XW.

 

Under the UK WEEE Regulations, “Distributors” are required to provide a “take-back” system which allows customers (end users) the opportunity to return (or “take-back”) their WEEE to a Distributor free of charge, when supplying new EEE on a like-for-like basis.

 

As a Distributor under the UK WEEE Regulations, geo allows for end users of the EEE placed on the market in the UK to return WEEE back to us free of charge. Such WEEE can be returned to a local recycling centre. See www.recycle-more.co.uk for your nearest available site. Alternatively, you can contact our Producer Compliance Scheme provider WeeeCare for return details via their website www.wastecare.co.uk.

 

If you would prefer us to collect your WEEE from your premises, please contact us as there will be a transport charge for such WEEE from your premises and delivery of such WEEE to an Approved Authorised Treatment Facility (AATF). The charge will only cover the cost of transportation and handling and will not include any cost in relation to the treatment or reprocessing of WEEE as defined by the Regulations.

 

Alternatively, there is a network of recycling centres across the UK where consumers of WEEE can also take WEEE free of charge to be discarded, reused and/or recycled. The complete list of locations can be found at: www.recyclenow.com

 

In addition, if a retailer supplying new EEE from retail premises with a sales area relating to EEE of at least 400m², the retailer must provide for the takeback of very small WEEE free of charge to the end user, who has no obligation to buy EEE of an equivalent type.

 


 

EU Waste Batteries and Accumulators Directive

 

The EU Waste Batteries and Accumulators Directive requires all Member EU countries to maximise the separate collection, treatment and recycling of waste batteries and accumulators. The UK Battery Regulations (derived from this Directive) applies to 3 types of batteries and accumulators placed on the market in the UK: Portable, Industrial, and Automotive.

 

Under Regulation 5 of the Batteries and Accumulators (Placing on the Market) Regulations 2008, “Producers” are required to mark all relevant batteries and battery packs placed on the market in the UK with the “crossed out wheeled bin symbol” to remind consumers not to discard batteries and accumulators in the domestic waste stream. geo encourages all customers to make note of this symbol and avoid putting any batteries in your domestic waste bin(s) or container(s).

 

geo supports the reuse and recycling of batteries as there are several environmental benefits of doing so, such as: Reduction of raw material and energy usage, prevention of landfill, prevention of hazardous and/or toxic materials present in some batteries contaminating the environment. As a Producer under the UK Battery Regulations, geo complies with its Producer Obligations by being registered as a Member of the Battery Back Compliance Scheme and has been assigned the following Battery Producer Registration Number – BPRN01884.