The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2013 (Directive 2012/19/EU) apply to all Electrical and Electronic Equipment placed on the market in the UK covered by the scope of the Regulations.

The directive aims to reduce the waste arising from Electrical and Electronic Equipment and improve the environmental performance of everything involved in the life cycle and to minimise the amount of material entering this waste process.

In order to comply with the WEEE directive 3DActive have taken the following actions:

*3DActive carry out detailed reporting to determine how much WEEE has been sold in the UK market each quarter year in each category.

* All equipment entering the UK market is marked with the crossed-out wheelie bin.

* This symbol indicates that the equipment carrying this mark must not be thrown into general waste but should be collected separately and properly processed for disposal under local regulations.

* Reports are submitted to the relevant authority with information of the tonnage of WEEE products placed into the UK market in each category by 3DActive.

* We provide an end-of-life solution for all products sold within the UK by accepting back any end-of-life WEEE for processing by a local registered waste disposal company.

The WEEE directive has been transposed into each EU member state's legislation and so the exact details will vary slightly from country to country, but the above principals will apply. In particular, the arrangements for the separate collection of WEEE will vary in each country but might include for example; public collection points. The directive encourages reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery in order to prevent WEEE.

3DActive fully support this aim by reusing and recycling where possible. Customers also play an important role in reducing WEEE and helping the environment by disposing of WEEE properly.

Recycling your Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment WEEE

Under the WEEE Regulations, all new electrical and electronic goods should now be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol.

Goods marked with this symbol below should be disposed of separately from normal household waste so that they can be recycled.

Why recycle?

Unwanted electrical equipment is the UK’s fastest growing type of waste.

Many electrical items can be repaired or recycled, saving natural resources and the environment. If you do not recycle electrical equipment will end up in landfill where hazardous substances will leak out and cause soil and water contamination – harming wildlife and also human health.

We’re proud to support your local authority in providing local recycling facilities for electrical equipment.

To remind you that old electrical equipment can be recycled, it is now marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. Please do not throw any electrical equipment (including those marked with this symbol) in your bin.

How are we helping?

In the UK, distributors including retailers must provide a system which allows all customers buying new electrical equipment the opportunity to recycle their old items free of charge. As a responsible retailer, we have met the requirements placed on us by financially supporting the national network of WEEE recycling centres established by local authorities. This is achieved through membership of the national Distributor Take-back scheme (DTS).

To find more information on WEEE recycling and to locate your nearest recycling centre please visit the Recycle More website.