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    Waste Batteries and Accumulators and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations


    The aim of this notice is provide advice on what the Waste Batteries and Accumulators and Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations mean and Allbatteries UK Ltd. arrangements for taking back waste batteries and waste electrical and electronic equipment.



    Waste Battery Regulations:


    Since 2009 there have been specific regulations on the disposal and recycling of portable, industrial and automotive batteries Allbatteries UK Ltd. can support you towards meeting any obligations you may have.


    All items supplied by Allbatteries UK Ltd. meet the current requirements of these regulations.


    Allbatteries UK Ltd. offers a free of charge take back scheme for waste portable batteries to end users.


    In addition further assistance and information can be obtained through the Battery Compliance Scheme of which Allbatteries UK Ltd. is a member: www.valpak.co.uk.


    Allbatteries UK Ltd. will take back waste portable batteries as prescribed by the current regulations and a collection container is situated in the reception area of our UK offices in which waste portable batteries can be freely deposited. Portable, industrial and automotive batteries can also be returned to our warehouse at the same location but only by prior agreement. Please note that batteries are returned to Allbatteries UK Ltd. at cost to the end user and batteries must not be returned without prior arrangement except when using the facilities in the reception area.


    Portable batteries should not be posted as there are restrictions on the transport of waste batteries. Portable, industrial and automotive batteries may only be returned by regulatory approved methods.


    If you are not able to return portable batteries in person the following link provides information on Civic Amenity sites that accept back waste portable batteries.

    Find your local recycling site.

    In addition most supermarkets and shops that sell batteries will have collection bins for used batteries


    For end users of large volumes of portable batteries Allbatteries UK Ltd. can organise with their Battery Compliance Scheme to have collection containers stored on the end users site and collected directly by an approved hazardous waste/recycling company

     

    Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations:


    Some of our products, typically chargers and power supplies, are subject to the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive. The aim of this section is to provide advice on what the Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations mean for end users and householders.  


    WEEE is one of the fastest growing waste streams in Europe. In the UK alone, householders throw away around one million tonnes of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) each year. Much of this waste ends up in landfill, where the harmful substances it contains can cause pollution; but it is possible to reuse and recycle electrical items rather than send them to landfill. In July 2007 the way this waste is managed changed with the introduction of the WEEE Regulations. The regulations aim to minimise the impact of electrical and electronic goods on the environment, by increasing re-use and recycling and reducing the amount of WEEE going to landfill. To ensure waste electrical items do not contribute to damaging the environment, they need to be separated out from other household waste so that they can be recycled. The WEEE Regulations make it easier for consumers to recycle their old electrical equipment through a mixture of dedicated collection points at local civic amenity sites and new take back facilities provided by retailers.  


    All distributors of EEE for household use, be they high street, mail order or internet retailers, have an obligation to provide written information to householders about the separate collection facilities available for WEEE. When buying a new appliance, householders should ask the retailer how to dispose of their old equipment. Some retailers provide an in store WEEE take back service to the householder, free of charge, when supplying new EEE on a like for like basis, i.e. toaster for new toaster etc. Most retailers have joined the Distributor Take-back Scheme (DTS), which is supporting a national network of Designated Collection Facilities (DCFs), where householders can return their WEEE. The DCF network is primarily based at local authority civic amenity sites. If the retailer is a DTS member it should be able to advise where the nearest civic amenity or household waste recycling centre is located. If the retailer is not a member of the Distributor Take-back Scheme, then they should be offering in-store take-back services The Government expects all retailers of EEE to declare, if challenged by householders, whether they are providing take-back via their membership of the DTS or providing an in-store take-back service. 


    Allbatteries UK Ltd. offers a take-back service to our customers. Our customers can physically return or send their WEEE items to us on a one-for-one like-for-like basis when you buy an equivalent item from us. For example, if you buy a charger from us, then you are entitled to return your old charger to us. The WEEE item returned must fulfil the same function as the new item. The customer must return their old item to us within 28 days of purchasing their new item. Customers wishing to return a WEEE item must pay for any transport costs incurred in returning the WEEE item. We will then re-use, recycle, or dispose of the WEEE as appropriate. 


     All new WEEE (products or packaging) should be marked with the crossed out wheeled bin symbol: This symbol is intended to remind householders to separate their WEEE and dispose of it in a responsible manner and separately from other household waste.

    WEEE symbol


     
    To find out more about WEEE follow the link below:
    More help with WEEE

     

    If you are unsure about what you can recycle, you can download a chart here.


    We are registered with the Environment Agency our Number is BPRN 00649

    Valpak Membership number RM06298

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