Why does WEEE regulation exist?
Some equipment are categorised as electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). When these items reach their end of life they are defined as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) because they're made up of components that contain hazardous materials like heavy metals or batteries.
For equipment powered by batteries, the batteries can contain heavy metals (such as mercury, cadmium, lead) - these are the main cause for environmental concern. If waste batteries are not disposed of correctly, heavy metals may leak when the battery corrodes, and so can contribute to soil and water pollution and endanger human health.
These materials can cause serious environmental damage and are dangerous to human health. That's why there is a system in place in the European Union to help recycle these products. Recycling - rather than dumping - means valuable components can be used again in new products and there will be less mining of raw materials.
What steps do we take to ensure compliance?
For all transactions, unless shown during the checkout process, our prices include contributions to a producer recycling fund to ensure that Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment is collected and recycled in a responsible manner.
We also offer a FREE take-back service. If you have an older item that you wish to dispose of when you order a new replacement item from us (must be the same type of item), please advise us by sending an email to [email protected] with details of the old item, and we will collect it from you free of charge when we deliver the new item.
AV.com is a trading name of Gear4music Holdings and operates under the same WEEE Producer Number.