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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment ( WEEE )

What is WEEE?

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, which was first introduced in 2007, governs how manufacturers and retailers in European countries behave in regards to recycling.

WEEE Directive requires countries to maximise separate collection and environmentally friendly processing of these items. In the UK, distributors (including retailers) must provide a system which allows all customers buying new electrical equipment the opportunity to recycle their old items free of charge. Those establishing their own take-back scheme must as a minimum offer all customers buying new electrical equipment free take back of their old electricals on a like-for-like basis.

Why recycle?

Unwanted electrical equipment is the UK’s fastest growing type of waste.

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 and cause soil and water contamination – harming wildlife and also human health.

To remind you that old electrical equipment can be recycled, it is now marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. Please do not throw any electrical equipment (including those marked with this symbol) in your bin.

Benefits of Recycling

Recycling of electrical appliances is one of the essential things we need to do in order to make our environment a better place to live in. By recycling electronic waste, we are conserving natural resources and reducing the need for manufacturing new products, which subsequently results in a reduction of manufacturing costs and also greenhouse gas emissions. Lead and other toxic gases emitted from the burning of these products contaminate water and food which leads to fatal diseases. A number of electrical items including mobile phones, desktop PCs, laptops, etc. can be recycled easily. Recycling saves our resources as well as minimising the environmental and health risks we are facing today.

We can help

We are pleased to offer our customers the chance to recycle their old electrical items.

Our Warehouse

You can send the item/s to the Laptop Outlet Warehouse, located at:

Unit 10 Woodford Trading Estate
Southend Road
Woodford Green

Please note: postal charges are not included

Find more information on WEEE recycling, and to locate your local recycling centre, visit