WEEE Regulations

What are the WEEE regulations?

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is now UK law. The legislation aims to make producers pay for the collection, treatment and recovery of waste electrical equipment. The regulations also mean that suppliers of equipment like high street shops and internet retailers must allow consumers to return their waste equipment free of charge.

The amount of WEEE we throw away is increasing by around 5% each year, making it the fastest growing waste stream in the UK.

  • Much of the UK's WEEE ends up in landfill, where the lead and other toxins it contains can cause soil and water contamination. This can have a harmful effect on natural habitat, wildlife and also human health.
  • Many electrical items that we throw away can be repaired or recycled. Recycling items helps to save our natural finite resources and also reduces the environmental and health risks associated with sending electrical goods to landfill.

Distributors of new Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) have a part to play in reducing the amount of WEEE going into landfill sites.

What is Aria Technology doing?

Aria Technology Ltd is obliged under these regulations to offer our customers free take-back of their WEEE on a like-for-like basis when they buy a new Electrical or Electronic product from us.

For example, if you were to buy a new Laptop from us we would accept your old laptop and prevent it going into a landfill site by disposing of it safely. However you must return your WEEE item to us within 28 days of purchasing your new item.

Under the WEEE Regulations, all new electrical goods should now be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol shown below:

WEEE Symbol

Goods are marked with this symbol to show that they were produced after 13th August 2005, and should be disposed of separately from normal household waste so that they can be recycled.

How to use the 'Take-back' scheme?

If you bought your new item in store;

  1. Simply bring your like-for-like item into our store at the address below e.g. if you buy a new laptop from us, you may return your old laptop to us.
  2. Hand it over to the counter staff advising that you want to use the 'take-back' service
  3. Show your receipt of purchase for your new item (remember that you can only return old items within 28 days of purchasing the new one!)

If you bought your new item online;

  1. Simply package up your like-for-like item e.g. if you buy a new laptop from us, you may return your old laptop to us.
  2. Put in the post to the following address;

    WEEE Take Back Scheme,
    Aria Technology Ltd,
    2 Belle Vue Avenue,
    Pottery Lane,
    Manchester
    M12 4AS

  3. Send in a copy of your receipt of purchase for your new item (remember you can only return old items within 28 days of purchasing the new one!) and a copy of your proof of postage to;

    WEEE Take Back Scheme,
    Customer Services

    Aria Technology Ltd,
    2 Belle Vue Avenue,
    Pottery Lane,
    Manchester
    M12 4AS

    Where does Aria Technology send the item?

    To safely dispose and recycle your items, we pass them onto a company called Manga-Fu. Manga-Fu offers a secure and professional solution for the total recycling of Electrical & Electronic Equipment (EEE). Their aim is to offer a recycling process that will put 95% of the raw materials back into reuse by manufacturing new products.

    Alternatively you can recycle any waste electrical or electronic item at your local WEEE recycling depot!

    For full details please contact your local authority or visit www.recycle-more.co.uk