What to do when electrical products purchased from us reach the end of their life.
The EU has regulations that make sure retailers of electrical goods take some responsibility for the disposal of electrical products when they reach the end of their life. Below is an explanation of the WEEE Directive - basically it means that we will take back any products we have sold you and dispose of them for you. We urge you to either return WEEE waste to us - or make sure you take it to your local refuse centre where they will know what to do with it.
For all our battery powered products we offer versions with a choice of rechargeable or disposable batteries. We are subsidising the cost of the rechargeable batteries to encourage you to use them so please always buy this version even though it is slightly more expensive. The rechargeable batteries are a new type which doesn't lose its charge over time - Low Self Discharge (LSD). We also sell a recharger. You can recharge these batteries 1,000 times - saving you money and your children from genetic deformities!
We are happy to dispose of your batteries - but would recommend that you take them to your local recycling centre. A lot of supermarkets have bins where you can dispose of them. Batteries contain materials which are very polluting - including lead which if you do not dispose of them properly ends up in the soil & water and then in the food you eat! So please take responsibility for your polluting waste!
The Waste Electrical or Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive requires countries to maximise separate collection and environmentally friendly processing of these items. 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. Those establishing their own take-back scheme must as a minimum offer all customers buying new electrical equipment free take back of their old electricals on a like-for-like basis. Unwanted electrical equipment is the UKs 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. To remind you that old electrical equipment can be recycled, it is now marked with a crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. Please do not throw any electrical equipment (including those marked with the crossed out wheeled bin symbol) in your bin. We are pleased to offer our customers the chance to recycle their old electrical items when purchasing a new item from us, contact us for more details.