The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) was introduced in January 2007. It is now mandatory by UK law.
The WEEE Directive aims to reduce the amount of electrical and electronic equipment being produced and to encourage everyone to reuse, recycle and recover it. By having the WEEE regulation in place it should improve the environmental performance of the complete cycle taken place during the life cycle of EEE
The WEEE Directive also aims to improve the environmental performance of businesses that manufacture, supply, use, recycle and recover electrical and electronic equipment.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Regulations (WEEE Regulations) affect retailers and other distributors who sell electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).
If they're selling EEE to the public, retailers will have to ensure that their customers can return their WEEE free of charge. If you have purchased an electrical item from ourselves, by new UK law, it is our responsibility should you wish to return your electrical product for ourselves to dispose of it accordingly. As the new regulations underline that customers must be allowed to return their electronic waste to the suppliers free of charge.
This will be on a one-for-one basis, as long as the new equipment is of a similar type and has the same function as the old equipment.
The amount of WEEE which is thrown away every year is increasing by 5% each year, which means that this is the fastest growing waste in the United Kingdom. The WEEE regulations only applies to electrical items, and does not apply to such items as non electrical items, such as jewellery.
The Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) is responsible for ensuring that retailers and distributors of electrical equipment play their part in helping household users to dispose of WEEE at the end of a product's life.
The Greenwich Pocket Watch Company will comply with the WEEE regulations by offering a like for like return policy when purchasing a new product from our website.
It is Mandatory for all customers to make prior contact with us before returning WEEE products.
Should you wish to return your unused product under the WEEE regulations, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can give you further instructions on how you can do this.
Under the new WEEE Regulations, all new electrical goods should now be marked with the crossed out wheeled bin sign, which shows the symbol that they were produced after 13th August 2005, and that they should be disposed of separately from normal household waste, so that they can be recycled accordingly.