Since July 1st, 2007, the UK has enforced the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, a crucial legal framework designed to hold producers responsible for the collection, treatment, and recovery of waste electrical equipment. This directive mandates that suppliers, including high street shops and online retailers, facilitate consumers in returning their waste equipment at no cost.
The volume of WEEE discarded annually is on the rise, increasing by approximately 5% each year and making it the fastest-growing waste stream in the UK. Unfortunately, a significant portion of this waste ends up in landfills, posing risks to soil and water due to the lead and other toxins it contains. This contamination can negatively impact natural habitats, wildlife, and human health. Many discarded electrical items are repairable or recyclable, offering an opportunity to conserve finite resources and mitigate environmental and health hazards associated with landfill disposal. Distributors of new Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) play a crucial role in curbing the influx of WEEE into landfills.
At Fenixlight UK, we wholeheartedly endorse this legislation and provide our customers with free take-back services for their WEEE items on a like-for-like basis when they purchase new Electrical or Electronic products from us. It's important to note that the returned WEEE item must be submitted within 28 days of acquiring the new item.
For instance, if you purchase an LED torch from us, we accept the return of an old LED torch, preventing its disposal in a landfill and ensuring safe and responsible disposal.
When you make an electrical or electronic purchase on our website, you are entitled to return your old 'like for like' item to us. Please bring / send proof of your purchase / web purchase to facilitate the safe disposal of the old item.
To comply with WEEE Regulations, all new electrical goods now bear the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol, indicating that they were manufactured after August 13th, 2005, and should be disposed of separately from regular household waste for recycling purposes.