Recycling Household Electrical Equipment:
With effect from July 2007, the UK's Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations require that all producers of electrical equipment are now obliged to pay for recycling of household electrical goods, where previously this bill was met by councils or items were not recycled at all. These regulations also require that all retailers both actively assist in delivering a UK wide WEEE collection infrastructure and encourage the participation of consumers in recycling electronic equipment thereby improving the environmental performance of businesses that manufacture, supply, use, recycle and recover electrical and electronic equipment.
Mahahome.com is a member of the Distributor Take-back Scheme (DTS) run by Valpak. We pay a yearly fee to Valpak which contributes to the cost of recycling Electrical goods in the UK by assisting local councils to further develop their existing waste electronics collection facilities.
You can recycle your electrical waste items by taking them to you local WEEE recycling point. Not all council sites are suitable to collect all types of waste electrical goods but to find out your nearest participating site (including other collection facilities that may not be operated by the council) and for advice on all aspects of recycling at home, please visit www.recycle-more.co.uk. Don't forget to have your postcode ready to use in the 'recycling facilities' locator.
Recycling Household Batteries
Your household batteries can be recycled by us. Simply drop your batteries into your local store and they'll be recycled, helping to reduce the 20-30,000 tonnes of batteries thrown away in the UK each year. Alternatively, you can find your local waste portable battery recycling facility at www.recyclenow.com
Most supermarkets and shops that sell batteries will have collection bins for used batteries, and some town halls, libraries or schools may also set up collection points. End-users may find stores in their local area more accessible.
The symbol adopted by the European Council to represent waste electrical and electronic equipment comprises a crossed-out wheelie bin with or without a single black line underneath the symbol. The black line indicates that goods have been placed on the market after 2005, when the Directive came into force.