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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations

If you are purchasing an electrical item from Smiths of Loughton, we will recyle you old item for free. 

The item must be 'like for like'.  For example a kettle for a kettle or a toaster for a toaster.

Unwanted WEE items should be returned to us within 28 days of the purchase of your new item.  Please contact us for further information at or by calling us on 0208 508 2175.

Please help us to minimise the effect we have on the environment by recycling your waste electrical goods.  For advice on all aspects of recycling, including recycling of waste electronic equipment, please visit where you can find out the locations of collection points near to you.


Much of the UK’s electronic waste ends up in landfill sites, where toxins put communities at risk. Please recycle your equipment as failure to segregate any type of recyclable material in the home will usually result in items being disposed of in a landfill site (buried in the ground in the UK) or being incinerated. To find out more about recycling electrical waste, please visit


With effect from July 2007, the UK’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations require that all producers of electrical equipment are now obliged to pay for these items to be recycled when they become waste.

These regulations also require that all retailers both actively assist in delivering a UK wide WEEE collection infrastructure and encourage the participation of consumers in recycling electronic equipment.  So that you can get your waste electrical goods recycled, we have contributed towards a  national fund to assist local councils to further develop their existing waste electronics  collection facilities, which will in turn allow producers of this equipment to meet their  obligations. To remind consumers to recycle, all electrical items sold now carry the  ‘crossed out wheeled bin’ symbol.

Not all council sites are suitable to collect all types of waste electrical goods but to find out your nearest participating site (including other collection facilities that may not be  operated by the council) and for advice on all aspects of recycling at home, please visit


Electronic waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams and much of it can be  recycled and resources recovered to make new consumer goods. To ensure your waste  electronics don’t contribute to damaging the environment, please use and recycle today.


In order to partially meet our obligations as a distributor as defined in the UK Waste  Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations (SI 2006 No. 3289 - 11  December 2006), we have opted to become a full member of the Distributor Take back  Scheme (DTS) as defined in regulation 35 of the WEEE Regulations.


As a member of the DTS, we have made a financial contribution toward the development of the network of Designated Collection Facilities (DCFs) for WEEE instead of collecting waste items instore. This financial contribution is described in paragraphs 83 to 88 of the UK WEEE guidance, and has been used to improve the WEEE collection facilities located at Local Authority Civic Amenity sites. To locate your local WEEE collection site,  please visit or contact our customer services department at