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Safe Disposal of Aico Products: Understanding the UK WEEE Regulations

 

Introduction to the WEEE Regulations

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations aim to reduce the environmental impact of electronic waste. These regulations ensure that products like smoke alarms and other electrical products are recycled and disposed of correctly.
Smoke alarms and other Aico products contain electronic circuits, batteries, plastic casings and other components. It is important that these products are disposed of correctly to ensure safety for consumers, to allow effective recycling of materials and to promote sustainability.
Under the WEEE Regulations, consumers are responsible for ensuring that their electronic waste, including smoke alarms, is disposed of correctly.

Disposal Guide – End Consumer

1. Check the label and instructions

Look for the crossed out wheelie bin symbol on your Aico product. This should be present on a label on the product and also within the product instructions. These examples indicate that the product should not be disposed of via the normal household waste stream.

2. Local Collection Points

Visit your local council’s website or contact them to find your nearest WEEE recycling centre. These centres are equipped to handle electronic waste such as smoke alarms.

A postcode search facility is also available on the UK Government website here.

3. Preparing For Disposal

Before disposal, remove any batteries that are easily accessible for separate recycling. Follow any specific instructions provided by your local council.

Disposal Guide – Other Users

For other users, for example electrical installers, the disposal guidance differs from that of end consumers.

Under the WEEE Regulations, Producers and Distributors of WEEE are defined.

Aico is classed as a Producer and as such is required to be registered with a Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS) and pay WEEE and Battery charges for all products placed on the UK market.

The PCS then takes on obligations to finance the collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of household WEEE collected in the UK.

Aico’s WEEE and Battery registration numbers:

WEEE Registration No:  WEEE/AE0109WY

Battery Producer Registration No:  BPRN00307

 

Distributors (including retailers) who make electrical and electronic equipment available on the UK market, including by distance selling, are required to:

  • Offer free takeback on WEEE
  • Accept WEEE for free from customers supplied with like-for-like products, regardless of whether this is done in store, online or by mail order
  • Provide customers access to written information on the service provided and what they should do with their WEEE

 

You should contact the distributor where you purchased the products or visit their website for further details on the above.

Benefits of Compliance

By following these regulations, you contribute to reducing environmental pollution and conserving natural resources. It also ensures that any hazardous materials are safely managed.

We encourage you to take an active role in responsibly disposing of your electronic waste.

Further Information

Further information on the WEEE Regulations can be found on the following Guidance page on the UK Government website here.

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