Helping to recycle your electrical equipment
Why are we 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 the legislation is to:
- Make good use of the 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, TLC Southern Ltd has chosen to group together with other distributors in joining the ‘Distributor Take Back Scheme’. Through this scheme, we have paid toward the provision of improved 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 considerate when depositing your equipment.
Funding collected through the Distributor Take Back Scheme has been distributed between all Local Authorities in the UK to ensure the provision of improved recycling facilities. Producers of these products will then ensure that deposited items are taken away and recycled.
Where to dispose of electrical equipment?
Wherever practical, old electrical waste should not be disposed of with your household waste.
You can locate your closest participating collection site at recycle-more.co.uk (please remember to have your postcode to hand).
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 the new Wembley Stadium 6 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, all new electrical products are marked with a crossed out wheeled bin symbol.
TLC’s new battery recycling points mean it’s even easier to get recycling. Read on to find out more…
Currently, the UK recycles less than 3% of portable batteries, with more than 30,000 tonnes of batteries being discarded every year.
In February 2010, a new European Directive came into force, which means that wholesalers, including TLC, must provide collection containers for customers to return used portable batteries. The EU Directive states that 25% of all batteries placed on the market must be recycled by 2012, rising to 45% by 2016.
Batteries can contain hazardous substances such as mercury, lead and cadmium. So along with the obvious benefits of recycling waste batteries, thousands of tonnes of valuable metals, such as nickel, cobalt and silver, could be recovered too.
TLC has joined the BatteryBack compliance scheme and will be rolling out battery recycling points at all branches.
After you’ve recycled your batteries, find out where they go at the BatteryBack website.
What batteries can I recycle?
You can recycle all household batteries at TLC battery recycling points. These include AAA cells, mobile phone batteries and button cells (used in hearing aids and watches).
Any type of household batteries can be accepted at battery recycling points – typically from 1.5 to 9 volts, including all types of sealed batteries from AAAs through to laptop types.