WEEE – Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
Our responsibility to the environment
When we design, manufacture and distribute our machines, we have a duty to help protect our environment.
But our responsibility also goes far beyond this, to when those machines reach the end of their lives. It's why we advocate the European Union's WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive, which ensures electrical and electronic equipment is disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way.
What is the WEEE directive and the WEEE Regulations?
The WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive is a European Union initiative that designates the safe and responsible collection, recycling and recovery of all types of electric and electronic waste. It covers any equipment with a plug or a battery.
In the UK, it was first implemented by means of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2006, which were then replaced by the WEEE Regulations 2013. The WEEE Regulations have become retained UK law after the UK left the European Union.
What do the WEEE directive and Regulations mean?
The WEEE directive is a European law that imposes obligations on all EU member states and, by means of the WEEE Regulations, on the UK, with the aim of minimising the impact of electrical and electronic goods on the environment. As part of the WEEE Directive, the WEEE Regulations requires a high level of collection (including separate collection) of WEEE for treatment, recovery, and environmentally sound disposal, so that the amount of WEEE going into landfill is reduced dramatically.
How do the WEEE directive and Regulations work?
All manufacturers like Dyson are responsible for the disposal of end-of-life electrical goods in an environmentally friendly way.
When did it come into effect?
The WEEE Regulations 2006 came into effect in the UK on 1st July 2007. The WEEE Directive had been phased into other European countries over the previous two years or so.
The updated EU WEEE Directive 2012 was introduced and applied in the UK by means of the WEEE Regulations 2013.
Why is this happening?
Over our lifetime each one of us throws away an average of 3.3 tonnes of electrical goods. To preserve our environment, we need to look at ways of becoming more sustainable.
What is Dyson doing towards this?
We know environmental stewardship is vital to the long-term sustainable growth of Dyson, through the protection of our employees, the people working within our supply chains, and the localities we operate in. Dyson’s policy is to conduct all our business in a legal, ethical and responsible way.
Electrical and electronic equipment is now the fastest growing waste stream in the UK and across the world. Recycling and reusing unwanted electrical or electronics can help save the planet, boost the economy, and improve lives. Not only that, electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) can contain materials, parts and substances which can be dangerous to the environment and harmful to human health if not disposed of correctly. Discover the impact of reusing and recycling your electricals here.
Buying new Dyson technology? Help us reduce the amount of unwanted electrical waste being incinerated or sent to landfill sites.
To recycle your old machine, you can bring it in to a Dyson Demo store or Dyson Demo Zone within 28 days of purchase of your new Dyson machine, show us the receipt or order confirmation email, and it can be recycled free of charge. The machine being returned must be of similar type or have performed the same function as the new item being purchased.
You can also recycle your old machine by dropping it off at your nearest recycling point at your convenience. You can find nearby locations here.
To recycle an old battery, you can drop it off at a Dyson Demo store or Dyson Demo Zone. You can also recycle your old battery by dropping it off at your nearest recycling point at your convenience. You can find nearby locations here.
At our stores, we will collect any type of sealed battery that can be carried without difficulty by the average person, including AA, AAA, 9v batteries and rechargeable batteries and accumulators from cordless vacuum cleaners and other electric or electronic appliances. We cannot, however, collect motorbike batteries or batteries from industrial equipment.
If your battery is not fully sealed or has been damaged, we may not be able to collect it due to health and safety hazards. We will then direct you to the nearest recycling point, where you can dispose of it safely.
What can I recycle?
We will take back an equivalent item to the one you purchase. For instance, when you buy a new vacuum cleaner, we can take back your old vacuum cleaner for responsible disposal. Similarly, when you purchase a new Dyson Supersonic or Dyson Purifier, we can take back your old machines if you wish. You’ll find this symbol on all your electrical items. It’s a reminder to recycle your old electricals, rather than binning them.
Reducing waste electricals
As part of our commitment to reducing the amount of unwanted electrical waste being incinerated or sent to landfill sites, we’ll recycle your old electricals free of charge when you buy a new Dyson machine. Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is regulated by the UK Government. We’re proud to be working with the national Recycle Your Electricals campaign.
REPIC eBatt Compliance Scheme
The REPIC eBATT Compliance scheme is designed to encourage recycling of waste batteries by manufacturers. Dyson is a member of this scheme, with the following registration number:
Battery Produce Registration Number
Dyson Limited - BPRN00316