|Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE)|
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is now UK law. The legislation aims to make producers pay for the collection, treatment and recovery of waste electrical equipment. The regulations also mean that suppliers of equipment like high street shops and internet retailers must allow consumers to return their waste equipment free of charge.
The amount of WEEE we throw away is increasing by around 5% each year, making it the fastest growing waste stream in the UK.
Distributors of new Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) have a part to play in reducing the amount of WEEE going into landfill sites.
Mackays of Cambridge are obliged under these regulations to offer our customers free take-back of their WEEE on a like-for-like basis when you buy from us a new Electrical or Electronic product.*
For example, if a customer bought a new EEE item from us we would accept their old WEEE item and prevent it going into a landfill site by disposing of it safely. Customers must return their WEEE item to us within 28 days of purchasing their new item.
Under the WEEE Regulations, all new electrical goods should now be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol shown below:
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.
*Mackays of Cambridge are only obliged to take-back items that are used for domestic/household purposes, we are not obliged to accept any items used for commercial purposes. Mackays of Cambridge are not responsible for the cost of collecting any items from domestic premises. Please contact our sales team on 0800 0341806. who will happily quote you a price for collection.
Please do not throw household portable batteries in with your household waste. You may either bring them in to our Cambridge store and ask to drop them into the special battery collection box at no cost (excludes car and industrial batteries). We will make sure they are recycled correctly.
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