Recycle Electrical or Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

In this page you can find all the information you need about recycling electrical or electronic equipment.

All Electronic and Electrical Equipment (EEE) now placed onto the market must be marked with this symbol to indicate that it is covered by the WEEE Directive, the provisions of which require that producers or manufacturers of EEE become liable to pay for take-back treatment and recycling of end of life equipment (WEEE):

What is the WEEE Directive?

The production of electrical and electronic equipment is one of the fastest growing domains of manufacturing in the western world, and with broad consumer take-up of products in this area, there is also a mounting issue of waste. In June 2000, the European Commission put forward proposals to address this issue, and in December 2002, these were passed as the EU Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Directive. Such proposals were updated in the WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU.

For the UK, the WEEE Regulations were laid before Parliament on December 12, 2006. The main requirements and obligations on producers and distributors of Electronic and Electrical Equipment (EEE) came into effect from July 1, 2007.

The major provisions of the WEEE Directive are:

  • All manufacturers (or anyone else selling a product on the market in the EU) are liable to pay for take-back, treatment and recycling of end-of-life equipment
  • Improve re-use/recycling of WEEE
  • Ensure the separate collection of WEEE
  • Inform the public about their role in dealing with WEEE

What are obligations according to the WEEE Directive?

As a distributor of EEE Lights4Living must facilitate the take-back of household WEEE from UK consumers and has decided to fulfil its obligations in this area by offering customers free take-back of WEEE, on a like-for-like basis, when they buy a new electric light fitting from us. This must be received within 28 days of purchase. For example, if you purchase an electric wall light from us, you may return your old wall light to us for disposal.

How does ensure safe disposal of my WEEE?

We dispose of WEEE at our local designated collection facility (DCF). An online search facility to identify a DCF nearby is available on the following website

Are there any other ways of disposing of my old electronic equipment?

If your old piece of electronic equipment is still in a good working condition or could be repaired for further use, please consider donating it to a charitable organisation or by giving it to someone else in need. By extending the lifetime of your old equipment you are also contributing to the efficient use of resources and avoiding additional waste.

Please note that since July 1, 2007, it has been possible for you to dispose of your WEEE and ensure that it is recycled.

EEE may contain hazardous substances, which if exposed, may have a serious detrimental effect on the environment and human health. That is why all WEEE that you volunteer for recycling will be specifically collected and treated by designated local waste facility centres and by licensed WEEE compliance schemes. By ensuring that you dispose of your old electrical and electronic equipment according to the new WEEE legislation, you are helping to preserve our natural resources and protect human health.