In the United Kingdom, the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) as implemented by the United Kingdom applies.
In order to meet the obligations of the WEEE Directive, Barnes and Noble S.à r.l. has joined a UK Government approved "Distributor Take-back scheme." Consumers will be able to recycle their product free of charge at a Designated Collection Facility. When this product reaches end of life, please take it to a collection point.
All Electronic and Electrical Equipment (EEE) placed onto the market from January 2007 must be marked with this symbol to indicate that it is covered by the WEEE Directive, the provisions of which require that producers or manufacturers of EEE become liable to pay for take-back treatment and recycling of end of life equipment (WEEE).
As a distributor of EEE, Barnes & Noble S.à r.l. must facilitate the take-back of household WEEE from UK consumers and has decided to fulfil its obligations in this area by joining the Government approved "Distributor Take-Back scheme" (DTS).
By joining the DTS, Barnes & Noble S.à r.l. is contributing to the establishment of a network of Designated Collection Facilities (DCF) where consumers may dispose of their WEEE free of charge for recycling and treatment in an ecologically sound manner. As a consequence of our membership of the DTS, Barnes & Noble S.à r.l. will not accept returns of household WEEE itself and cannot accept WEEE returns for recycling; neither do we make arrangements for its collection.
Barnes & Noble S.à r.l. has decided to join the Distributor Take-Back scheme (DTS) commissioned by the British Retail Consortium. As a member of this scheme, we ask that you take your old piece of equipment to a designated collection facility (DCF) in your area. An online search facility to help you identify a DCF near you is available on the following website:
If your old piece of electronic equipment is still in a good working condition or could be repaired for further use, please consider donating it to a charitable organisation or giving it to someone else in need. By extending the lifetime of your old equipment you are also contributing to the efficient use of resources and avoiding additional waste.
EEE may contain hazardous substances, which could have a serious detrimental effect on the environment and human health. By ensuring that you dispose of your old electrical and electronic equipment according to the WEEE legislation, you are helping to preserve our natural resources and protect human health.
If you want to know more about how WEEE is recycled, please see the following document prepared by ERP UK or visit http://www.erp-ewaste.co.uk/
WEEE is the fastest growing waste stream in the world. And the amount of WEEE being produced is expected to increase significantly in the next 10 years. In June 2000, the European Commission put forward proposals to address this issue, and in December 2002, these were passed as the EU Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Directive.
For the UK, the WEEE Regulations were laid before Parliament in December 2006. The main requirements and obligations on producers and distributors of Electronic and Electrical Equipment (EEE) came into effect from July 2007.
All manufacturers (or anyone else selling a product on the market in the EU) are liable to pay for take-back, treatment, and recycling of end-of-life equipment.
Improve re-use/recycling of WEEE.
Ensure the separate collection of WEEE.
Inform the public about their role in dealing with WEEE.
The WEEE Directive divides Electronic and Electrical Equipment into ten categories:
Category 1 – Large household appliances (fridges, cookers, microwaves, washing machines, etc.)
Category 2 – Small household appliances (vacuum cleaners, clocks, toasters, etc.)
Category 3 – IT and Telecommunications equipment (PCs, mainframes, printers, copiers, phones, etc.)
Category 4 – Consumer equipment (radios, hi-fi, musical instruments, videos, camcorders, etc.)
Category 5 – Lighting equipment (fluorescent tubes and holders, sodium lamps, etc.)
Category 6 – Electrical and electronic tools (drills, sewing machines, electric lawnmowers, etc.)
Category 7 – Toys, leisure and sports equipment (electric trains, games consoles, exercise machines, etc.)
Category 8 – Medical devices (analysers, dialysis machines, medical freezers, etc.)
Category 9 – Monitoring and control equipment (smoke detectors, thermostats, scales, etc.)
Category 10 – Automatic dispensers (hot drinks machines, sweet and chocolate bar dispensers, cash machines, etc.)
Category 11 – Display equipment includes cathode ray tubes (found in old style TV sets and computer monitors), flat screen TVs and computer monitors, such as plasma and liquid crystal display (LCD).
Category 12 – Cold. Products include fridges, freezers and any appliances with refrigerating devices such as water coolers.
Category 13 – Gas discharge lamps
DCF (Designated Collection Facility): A public amenity site licensed to collect, separate and recycle WEEE for collection by a licensed producer compliance scheme.
DTS (Distributor Take-back Scheme): The WEEE compliance scheme for retailers, approved by the Department for Trade and Industry
EEE (Electronic and Electrical Equipment)
WEEE (Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment): All end-of-life equipment falling under the WEEE directive (for the specific categories see section 6 above).