The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2006 place responsibilities on users, producers and distributors of electrical and electronic equipment. Under the WEEE regulations you are a distributor if you sell electrical and electronic equipment to consumers.
You'll need to comply with the WEEE Regulations if you sell:
To fulfil your obligations under the WEEE Regulations you must:
You must keep records of this information for four years.
If you decide to set up an in-store take-back scheme, you are required to take back the old item from your customer when you sell them an equivalent new item. You must keep records of the amounts and category of items that you receive and keep these records for four years. You must then arrange the removal of the WEEE you collect through a licensed waste carrier or producer compliance scheme.
Alternatively you can join the distributor take-back scheme. This scheme works through a network of centres where consumers can dispose of their WEEE free of charge. You must inform customers about how and where they can do this.
See the page on obligations of electrical and electronic equipment distributors in our guide on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
The distributor take-back scheme is operated by Valpak Retail WEEE Services.
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