E-waste in Europe: United Kingdom

E-waste in Europe: United Kingdom

Collection and Recycling Arrangements

Collection and Recycling Arrangements in the United Kingdom

Under the UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations, for old equipment that you have bought before August 2005 which is being replaced on a one-for-one, like-for-like basis by the purchase of new TE equipment, TE is required to provide arrangements for the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of the old equipment. The old equipment that your new purchase from TE replaces is referred to as Historic WEEE.

Under the UK WEEE Regulations, TE is also required to provide arrangements for the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of any new electrical and electronic equipment that you buy from TE after August 2005, when that new equipment eventually becomes waste. This is referred to as New WEEE.

TE products are very competitively priced. Any new increase in operating costs for manufacturers such as TE is normally reflected in a price increase in the product. However, instead of increasing the prices of our products, TE has decided to share these new environmental costs directly with our customers. We believe in being transparent with you on any new environmental costs that our products need to address. 

Our approach to sharing these new environmental costs is
  • TE pays for the costs of treatment, recycling and recovery of the WEEE to meet the targets set by the WEEE Regulations;
  • TE pays for the costs of data management and reporting to the Environment Agency to demonstrate compliance with all administrative requirements of the WEEE Regulations;
  • you pay for transportation of your WEEE to TE 's appointed recycler in the UK.

TE has established a recycling contract with the European Advanced Recycling Network (EARN) and will cover any costs of treatment, recycling and recovery of the equipment on arrival at the EARN recycling facility in the UK. All New WEEE that arises from the purchase of TE products is classed as non-hazardous waste.

It is your responsibility to arrange and pay for costs of collection and transportation to the recycler. In order to meet UK Duty of Care Regulations for waste disposal, you should use one of the following carriers (which hold a valid Waste Carriers licence).

Waste Carrier Telephone Number Website
TNT UK Ltd +44  ( 0)800 100600 www.tnt.co.uk
DHL Express (UK) Ltd +44 (0) 844 248 0555 www.dhl.co.uk
Keuhne & Nagel Ltd +44 (0)1895 552000 www.kn-portal.com

For larger quantities of waste, you may want to contact the recycler directly to arrange and pay for alternative collection methods. The EARN recycling facility in the United Kingdom is

Recycler Telephone Number Website
MDJ Light Bros Ltd +44 (0)1273 476862 www.wasterec.co.uk

To comply with the UK Duty of Care Regulations the transport of your waste to the recycler must be accompanied by suitable documentation. You must also keep a signed copy of this documentation for two years.

In order to meet this requirement and to enable EARN to identify TE equipment upon arrival at the recycler's address, please download the Recycling Label for British Customers. Complete the label with your company details and attach it to a suitable box for transport to EARN.

Recycling label for United Kingdom