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WEEE Regulations

What do the WEEE regulations mean?

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is now UK law. The legislation aims to make producers pay for the collection, treatment and recovery of waste electrical equipment. The regulations also mean that suppliers of equipment like high street shops and internet retailers must allow consumers to return their waste equipment.

The amount of WEEE we throw away is increasing by around 5% each year, making it the fastest growing waste stream in the UK.

Much of the UK's WEEE ends up in landfill, where the lead and other toxins it contains can cause soil and water contamination. This can have a harmful effect on natural habitat, wildlife and also human health. Many electrical items that we throw away can be repaired or recycled. Recycling items helps to save our natural finite resources and also reduces the environmental and health risks associated with sending electrical goods to landfill.

Shops selling new Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) have a part to play in reducing the amount of WEEE going into landfill sites.

When you buy a new Electrical or Electronic product from us either online or in-store, we will take back your old item on a like-for-like basis. This will prevent it going into a landfill site by being disposed for recycling.

Customers must return their WEEE item to Mkshop within 28 days of purchasing their new item. You can either drop the product off in-store, or send the item, clearly marked as WEEE to Mkshop at:

MK Global Trading Ltd
83-101 Anston Ave
S81 7HU

If the item is too large, contact us to arrange a return. Please note that this is not a free service.

Disposing of electrical equipment?
There is of course no reason why you can't drop off your old electrical equipment at a recycling site local to you, whether you have just bought a new item or want to get rid of old equipment regardless.

By taking your waste electrical products to one of the registered amenity sites, you can be confident that they will be subjected to a monitored and controlled recycling process, thereby preventing these products being sent to landfill. You can locate your closest participating collection site by entering your postcode at

How do I recognise WEEE products?
weee-regulations.jpgUnder the WEEE Regulations, all new electrical goods should now be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol shown below which will help you identify products as WEEE. Goods are marked with this symbol to show that they were produced after 13th August 2005, and should be disposed of separately from normal household waste so that they can be recycled.

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Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S65 3SH
Call us: 01909 776 400
Registered Name: MK Global Trading Ltd
Company Registration Number: 09525031
GB VAT Number: GB224715227

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