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What is the WEEE Directive



What is WEEE?

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive requires countries to maximise separate collection and environmentally friendly processing of these items.


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The WEEE Directive became UK law on the1st January 2014; the directive is an EU wide directive. The legislation aims to make producers pay for the collection, treatment and recovery of waste electrical equipment.

The regulations also means that suppliers of new appliances like us, the high street stores and internet retailers must allow consumers to return their waste equipment free of charge.

For example: A customer buys a new washing machine from us, we'll accept free of charge their old washing machine and prevent it going into a landfill site by disposing of it safely.


Most of the UKs WEEE ends up in landfill

Most of the UKs 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.

The amount of WEEE we throw away is increasing by around 5% each year making it the fastest growing waste issue in the UK.

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.

   Appliances dumped in 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.

WEEE sysnbolUnder the WEEE Regulations, all new electrical goods should now be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol.

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.




Penny Lane Domestic Appliances is pleased to participate under these regulations to offer our customers free take-back of their WEEE on a like-for-like basis when they buy a new washing machine to prevent their old Washing machine going into a landfill site by disposing of it safely.


Information Also see our advice to . . .

> EU Energy efficiency labelling scheme

> Front loading vs Top-loading which is the more effieient?


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