Recycling Electrical Equipment

UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations (SI 2006 No. 3289)

The UK WEEE regulations require that businesses involved in the supply of electrical equipment take an active role in its collection and recycling.

So that you can get your old electrical products recycled, we have made a financial contribution toward the development of recycling collection points (known as "Designated Collection Facilities") throughout the UK through our membership of the Distributor Take Back Scheme (DTS).

UK Households dispose of over 1.2 million tonnes of electrical and electronic waste every year. This is the equivalent of 150,000 double decker buses and would be enough to fill Wembley Stadium six times over.

Much of the UK's electronic waste ends up in landfill sites, where toxins put communities at risk.

Failure to segregate any type of recyclable material in the home will usually result in items being disposed of in a landfill site (buried in the ground in the UK) or being incinerated.

To remind you to recycle, electrical products are marked with a crossed-out wheeled bin symbol.

To find where your nearest Local Designated Collection Facilities can be found please go to, where you can select from the following items to be collected:

  • Fridges
  • Other large kitchen appliances
  • TVs and monitors
  • Fluorescent tubes and low energy light bulbs
  • All other waste electrical and electronic equipment

Recycling Your Electrical Equipment

Why Are Waterstones Involved?

Recycling facilities are now available for all customers at which you can deposit your old electrical products. This is a requirement under UK and European legislation (The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment - or WEEE - Directive).

The aim of their legislation is to:

  • Make good use of materials that make up old electrical equipment by recycling rather than disposing in landfill.
  • Prevent the negative environmental effects of sending often hazardous electrical equipment to landfill.

As a conscientious business, we have chosen to group together with other retailers in joining the "Distributor Take Back Scheme".

Through this scheme, we have paid toward the provision of improved of recycling facilities for our customers.

How Does This Work in Practice?

Customers will be able to take any old electrical equipment to participating civic amenity sites (often known as "household waste recycling centres") run by their local councils.

Please remember that this equipment will be further handled during the recycling process, so please be sure to remove any non-electrical product (for example food waste).

Under the UK regulations, funding collected through the Distributor Take Back Scheme has been distributed between all Local Authorities in the UK to ensure the provision if improved recycling facilities.

Producers of these products will then ensure that deposited items are taken away and recycled.

To remind you of the availability of these facilities and the importance of recycling, all new electrical equipment is now marked with a crossed out wheeled bin symbol.

Where To Dispose of Electrical Equipment?

Wherever practical, old electrical waste should not be disposed of with your household waste.

You can locate your nearest civic amenity site at (please remember to have your postcode to hand), or by calling 08450 682 572.