The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive 2013 is now UK law and impacts on all manufacturers, distributors and retailers of electrical products including light fittings and lamps. The legislation aims to make producers, distributors and retailers pay for the collection, treatment and recovery of waste electrical equipment. The regulations also mean that suppliers of any electrical equipment, like Universal Lighting Services Ltd, 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.
- Much of the UK’s WEEE ends up in landfill, where the lead and other toxins it may contain can cause soil and water contamination. This can have a harmful effect on natural habitat, wildlife and also human health.
- 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.
Under the WEEE Regulations, all new electrical goods should now be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol shown below:
Distributors and retailers of new Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) have a part to play in reducing the amount of WEEE going into landfill sites.
Universal Lighting Services Ltd are obliged under these regulations to offer our customers a free take-back of their WEEE (except for carriage or postage) on a like-for-like basis when they buy a new replacement Electrical or Electronic product from us.
For example if you buy a replacement lamp or light fitting from us, we will accept the old lamp or light fitting back for recycling or environmental disposal.
In order to safely transport the WEEE from our showroom for disposal, Universal Lighting Services Ltd are registered as a lower tier waste carrier with the Environment Agency, Registration number CBDL36611.