Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment


WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)

What is WEEE?

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (WEEE) requires countries to maximise separate collection and environmentally friendly processing of these items. 

Recycling your electrical and electronic devices is easy. Recycle your electrical and electronic devices free at your local recycling centre. To find your nearest centre, visit the RECYCLE NOW website and type in your postcode.

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.

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.

As a responsible retailer, we have met the requirements placed on us by financially supporting the national network of WEEE recycling centres established by local authorities. This is achieved through membership of the national Distributor Take-Back Scheme (DTS).

How do I know if my product is covered?


If the symbol shown here is found on any of your goods, it means that the product is covered by the WEEE Regulations.


Cookson Precious Metals Limited is registered as a producer under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (2002/96/EC) with Registration Number 401523.

Click here to view our certification as a member of the WEEE Distribution Take Back Scheme.

What is the RoHS Directive?

The RoHS Directive, also known as EU Directive 2002/95/EG, came into effect on July 1st, 2006.

The RoHS Directive mandates that electrical and electronic products put into the European market within the EU, states shall contain restrictive levels of the following substances:

Lead (Pd)
Cadmium (Cd)
Mercury (Hg)
Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6+)
Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB)
Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE)

Cookson Precious Metals is fully committed to comply with the RoHS Directive. If you have any queries, please contact us.

Batteries Directive

To view information on batteries directive, click here.


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Registered Office: 59-83 Vittoria Street
B1 3NZ


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