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WEEE Directive
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

WEEE is the fastest growing waste stream in the UK, on the increase by at least 5% each year. We are disposing of over 1.2 million tonnes of electrical and electronic waste every year from the public alone, this would fill the new Wembley Stadium 6 times over. The average UK citizen will discard of 3.3 tonnes of WEEE in a lifetime equal to one double-decker bus for each and every family in addition to 2 million television sets alone being discarded every year.

Electrical and Electronic Equipment(EEE) waste is increasing three times faster than average municipal waste and the EU estimates that WEEE currently accounts for 4% of total waste. Much of the UK's electronic waste ends up in landfill sites where toxins put communities at risk. Failure to segregate any type of recyclable material in the home will usually result in items being disposed of in a landfill site and eventually being buried in the ground or being incinerated. It has been estimated that landfill space in the UK will run out within the next 10 years and recycling WEEE will have significant effects on the environment. When WEEE is not recycled the waste can have negative impacts on soil, air and water quality that can lead to environmental damage which can also bring about negative impacts on human and animal health.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (2006 No. 3289) (W.E.E.E) have been put in place to ensure that products are recycled using best available treatment, recovery and recycling techniques to ensure human health and high environmental protection.

Look out for this symbol
You should look out for the WEEE Directives crossed out wheeled bin symbol on products and packaging as all new EEE should be marked with this symbol which aims to encourage you to separate out your WEEE and to discard it separately from other household waste.

The crossed out wheeled bin symbol is not intended to indicate that WEEE is banned from being disposed of as general waste, but intended when used with information from http://www.recycle-more.co.uk that recycling facilities are available throughout the UK.

Join the Distributor Take Back Scheme (DTS)
The DTS is designed to meet the obligations of distributors (which includes Retailers) without the need to offer free in store take back. Instead of offering free in store back, distributors will make a financial contribution to the DTS which will be used to assist in the development of WEEE collection facilities throughout the UK.
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