WEEE - Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (2006 No. 3289) (WEEE) is a UK legislation designed to tackle the environmental impact of waste electrical and electronic equipment. The legislation aims to make WEEE 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.

Unwanted electrical equipment is the fastest growing type of waste in the UK. Many electrical items can be repaired or recycled, saving natural resources and the environment. If you do not recycle, electrical equipment will end up in landfill where hazardous substances will leak out causing soil and water contamination. This can have a harmful effect on natural habitat, wildlife and also human health.

To remind you that old electrical equipment can be recycled, it is now marked with a crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. If the symbol shown here is found on any of your goods, it means that the product is covered by the WEEE Regulations and can be recycled.


WEE Symbol


We can help

As a responsible retailer, The IT Bay can assist you with recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment.

  • If you’re buying a new electrical item, you can return the old one to us for recycling free of charge.
  • This only applies to consumers, not business customers.
  • It has to be a one-for-one, like for like replacement (e.g. we’ll take back your old laptop when you purchase a new one; you cannot return a PC when you purchase a new laptop).
  • Waste batteries including rechargeable batteries are taken back free of charge. You are not obliged to make any purchase when returning old batteries.

How to recycle old products

  • When you have finished using a WEEE product, please do not put in your domestic waste bin, as it will not be recycled.
  • Contact us at [email protected] to arrange a time for you to return your old item to us.
  • We will ask you for your order or invoice number and the details of the item you want to recycle.
  • If you want us to arrange the collection of the item, we’ll need the pick up address and a date/time when we can collect. You will need to pay for the cost of the collection but all other costs will be covered by us.
  • Alternatively, you can send your item back to us at P16, Heywood Distribution Park, Pilsworth Road, Heywood, Lancashire, OL10 2TT. Please note, your incurred postal/carriage charges are not covered.
  • Please ensure your item is securely packaged to avoid any transit damage.
  • We will process and dispose or recycle your item in an environmentally safe way at no cost to you.

The RoHS Directive

The RoHS 2 Directive, also known as EU Directive 2011/65/EU, came into effect on July 21st, 2011. The RoHS 2 directive mandates that electrical and electronic products put into the European market within EU states shall contain restrictive levels of the following substances:

  • Lead (Pb)
  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6+)
  • Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB)
  • Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE)

The IT Bay is fully committed to comply with the RoHS Directive. If you have any queries, please contact us.

The IT Bay, P16, Heywood Distribution Park, Pilsworth Road, Heywood, Lancashire, OL10 2TT.