Orders of Electrical or Electronic Equipment on Amazon.co.uk to an Address Outside the UK

When you're ordering electronic and electrical equipment on Amazon.co.uk and your delivery address is in a European country outside of the UK, please consider that local regulations on the disposal of and recycling of electronic and electrical equipment may apply.

All Electronic and Electrical Equipment (EEE) placed onto the market in Europe must be marked with this symbol to indicate that they are covered by the WEEE Directive, which imposes a number of obligations on producers of EEE including obligations relating to the financing of the take-back treatment and recycling of end of life equipment (WEEE):


If you want to dispose of used electrical or electronic equipment please note that you can't do this through the regular household waste. You can dispose of old electrical or electronic equipment at your local waste facilities or recycling centres. Please contact your local authority directly for more information.

Moreover, if you purchased your product from a Marketplace Seller, please contact that Seller to know more about the compliance solution they have in place for disposing of your old electronic equipment and batteries.

What is the WEEE Directive?

The production of electrical and electronic equipment is one of the fastest growing domains of manufacturing in the western world, and with broad consumer take-up of products in this area, there is also a mounting issue of waste. 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. Such proposals were updated in the WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU.

The EU member states have since passed national laws implementing the WEEE Directive, putting specific requirements on producers and distributors of Electronic and Electrical Equipment (EEE).

The mayor provisions of the WEEE Directive are:

  • Producers participate in the financing of the take back, treatment and recycling of end-of-life equipment
  • To improve re-use/recycling of WEEE
  • To ensure the separate collection of WEEE
  • To inform the public about their role in dealing with WEEE

When you're ordering electronic and electrical articles on Amazon.co.uk to a European address outside of the UK, please consider that local regulations on the disposal of and recycling of electronic and electrical may vary. Below you'll find more information about the disposal and recycling facilities that Amazon.co.uk can offer you in a number of countries.

Belgium

Amazon.co.uk is a member of Recupel, a compliance system licensed by the Belgian Government that looks after the collection, treatment and recycling of electronic equipment at the end of its life-cycle. Where applicable the prices of EEE items you buy from Amazon Amazon EU S.à.r.l. for delivery in Belgium include contributions to this system to ensure that waste electrical and electronic equipment is collected and recycled in a responsible manner.

Fees related to these contributions can be found here: http://www.recupel.be/Actuelle.html .

France

If you have ordered electrical or electronic equipment falling under the WEEE legislation from Amazon.co.uk to a French address you may send your old piece of equipment to the following address where it will be treated and recycled in an environmentally-friendly manner:

La Courneuve

Bartin Groupe Recycling,

Rue Maurice Berteaux,

BP 49,

93122 La Courneuve cedex

Ireland

Amazon is a member of WEEE Ireland, a compliance system licensed in Ireland that looks after the collection, treatment and recycling of batteries and electronic equipment at the end of its life-cycle. If you've ordered electrical or electronic equipment falling under the WEEE Directive from Amazon EU S.à.r.l to an Irish address, you may take back your old equipment on a one-for-one and like-for-like basis, free of charge. One-for-one and like-for-like take back means we will only accept the take back of the same type and quantity of equipment as the new electrical or electronic equipment you purchase from Amazon EU S.à.r.l. For example, if you buy a digital camera from Amazon we will only allow the take back free of charge of one digital or analogue camera from you.

Your equipment will be treated and recycled in accordance with the applicable regulations. If you want to choose this option you can take back or send your old piece of equipment to one of the following addresses:

Cork Dublin Galway Kilkenny

RehabRecycle,

Monahan Road,

Cork,

TEL: 021 431 7195

RehabRecycle,

77 Broomhill Road,

Tallaght,

Dublin 24,

TEL: 01 452 8119

RehabRecycle,

Parkmore Business Park,

Ballybrit,

Galway,

TEL: 09 170 5660

RehabRecycle,

West Hebron Road Industrial Estate,

Kilkenny,

TEL: 056 776 2043

Please contact our customer services department if you'd like to recycle your used equipment free of charge.

Waste batteries including rechargeable batteries (of a type sold by Amazon EU S.à.r.l) may be taken back free of charge at any of the above addresses. You're not obliged to make any purchase when returning old batteries. Each local authority must also accept household waste electrical or electronic equipment and small batteries free of charge at its recycling facilities.

You can also take WEEE and used batteries to local Civic Amenity centres for recycling. You'll find those on the WEEE Ireland website: http://www.weeeireland.ie/localDepot/depo.htm.

Luxembourg

Amazon is a member of Ecotrel, a compliance system licensed by the Luxembourg Government that looks after the collection, treatment and recycling of electronic equipment at the end of its life-cycle. Where applicable, the prices of EEE items you buy from Amazon EU S.à.r.l for delivery in Luxembourg include contributions to this system to ensure that waste electrical and electronic equipment is collected and recycled in a responsible manner.

You can find information about the Ecotrel quotes applicable to each product category here: http://www.ecotrel.lu/#tarif .

Netherlands

Amazon is a member of Stichting NVMP, a compliance system licensed by the Dutch Government that looks after the collection, treatment and recycling of electronic equipment at the end of its life-cycle. Where applicable, the prices of EEE items you buy from Amazon EU S.à.r.l for delivery in Netherlands include contributions to this system to ensure that waste electrical and electronic equipment is collected and recycled in a responsible manner.

You can find information about the Stichting NVMP quotes (in PDF format) applicable to each product category here: http://www.nvmp.nl/assets/files/pdf/Productbladen/p4.pdf.

Switzerland

Amazon is a member of SWICO Recycling, a compliance system licensed by the Swiss Government that looks after the collection, treatment and recycling of electronic equipment at the end of its life-cycle. Where applicable, the prices of EEE items you buy from Amazon EU S.à.r.l .l and delivered in Switzerland include contributions to this system to ensure that waste electrical and electronic equipment is collected and recycled in a responsible manner. Information on the advance recycling fee in accordance with the valid SWICO table can be found at: http://www.swicorecycling.ch/e/information_tarife.asp .

If you want to dispose of used electrical or electronic equipment, please note that you can't do this through the regular household waste. Information on where to hand in used equipment can be found at http://www.swicorecycling.ch/e/entsorgen_privatkunden_abgabe.asp.

Are there any other ways of disposing of my old electrical equipment?

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're also contributing to the efficient use of resources and avoiding additional waste.

Please note that you shouldn't dispose of your WEEE yourself in household waste. EEE may contain hazardous substances which, if exposed, may have a serious detrimental effect on the environment and human health. That's why all WEEE that you volunteer for recycling should be treated by designated local waste facility and recycling centres. By ensuring that you dispose of your old electrical and electronic equipment in accordance with the WEEE Directive, you are helping to preserve our natural resources and protect human health.

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.)

WEEE Customer Information - European Address Outside of the UK