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The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) aims to minimise the impact of electrical and electronic goods on the environment, by increasing re-use and recycling and reducing the amount of WEEE going to landfill. It seeks to achieve this by making producers responsible for financing the collection, treatment, and recovery of waste electrical equipment, and by obliging distributors to allow consumers to return their waste equipment free of charge.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive was agreed on 13 February 2003, along with the related Directive on Restrictions of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS).

  1. What are Dawsons Music’s obligations according to the WEEE Directive?
    As a distributor of WEEE Advanced musicical equipment, must facilitate the take-back of household WEEE from UK consumers and has decided to fulfill its obligations in this area by offering free in store take back. Distributors supplying new electrical or electrical equipment (EEE) have to ensure that waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) from private households can be returned to them free of charge on a one-to-one basis providing that the WEEE returned is of equivalent type to and has fulfilled the same function as the new EEE purchased.
  2. How do I return my WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) to Dawsons Music?
    As soon as you have purchased a product from Dawsons Music, please email [email protected] with your order number, name, address and the WEEE product that you wish to return free of charge to us, to dispose of safely. We will then include a postage paid bag with your order, allowing you to return the WEEE product to us at a time convenient to yourself.
  3. Are there any other ways of disposing of my old electronic equipment?
    Old electronic equipment that still works can be given to charities or why not try ebaying it and earn a bit of money for yourself? Either of these suggested methods will prolong the life of the electronic equipment and reduce their impact on the environment.
  4. Which products fall under the legislation and how do I recognise them?
    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.)