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WEEE and RoHS

When you're ordering electronic and electrical equipment on svb.com and your delivery address is in any European country please consider that local regulations on the disposal of and recycling of electronic and electrical equipment may apply.

All Electronic and Electrical Equipment (EEE) placed onto the market in Europe must be marked with this symbol to indicate that they are covered by the WEEE Directive, which imposes a number of obligations on producers of EEE including obligations relating to the financing of the take-back treatment and recycling of end of life equipment (WEEE):

When you're ordering electronic and electrical articles on svb.com to a European address please consider that local regulations on the disposal of and recycling of electronic and electrical may vary.


Are there any other ways of disposing of my old electronic equipment?

If your old piece of electronic equipment is still in a good working condition or could be repaired for further use, please consider donating it to a charitable organization or giving it to someone else in need. By extending the lifetime of your old equipment you're also contributing to the efficient use of resources and avoiding additional waste.

Please note that you shouldn't dispose of your WEEE yourself in household waste. EEE may contain hazardous substances which, if exposed, may have a serious detrimental effect on the environment and human health. That's why all WEEE that you volunteer for recycling should be treated by designated local waste facility and recycling centres. By ensuring that you dispose of your old electrical and electronic equipment in accordance with the WEEE Directive, you are helping to preserve our natural resources and protect human health.


What is the WEEE Directive?

The production of electrical and electronic equipment is one of the fastest growing domains of manufacturing in the western world, and with broad consumer take-up of products in this area, there is also a mounting issue of waste. In June 2000, the European Commission put forward proposals to address this issue, and in December 2002 these were passed as the EU Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Directive.

The EU member states have since passed national laws implementing the WEEE Directive, putting specific requirements on producers and distributors of Electronic and Electrical Equipment (EEE).


The major provisions of the WEEE Directive are:

  • Producers participate in the financing of the take back, treatment and recycling of end-of-life equipment
  • To improve re-use/recycling of WEEE
  • To ensure the separate collection of WEEE
  • To inform the public about their role in dealing with WEEE

Which products fall under the legislation and how do I recognise them?

The WEEE Directive divides Electronic and Electrical Equipment into ten categories:

  • Category 1 - Large household appliances (fridges, cookers, microwaves, washing machines, etc.)
  • Category 2 - Small household appliances (vacuum cleaners, clocks, toasters, etc.)
  • Category 3 - IT and Telecommunications equipment (PCs, mainframes, printers, copiers, phones, etc.)
  • Category 4 - Consumer equipment (radios, hi-fi, musical instruments, videos, camcorders, etc.)
  • Category 5 - Lighting equipment (fluorescent tubes and holders, sodium lamps, etc.)
  • Category 6 - Electrical and electronic tools (drills, sewing machines, electric lawnmowers, etc.)
  • Category 7 - Toys, leisure and sports equipment (electric trains, games consoles, exercise machines, etc.)
  • Category 8 - Medical devices (analysers, dialysis machines, medical freezers, etc.)
  • Category 9 - Monitoring and control equipment (smoke detectors, thermostats, scales, etc.)
  • Category 10 - Automatic dispensers (hot drinks machines, sweet and chocolate bar dispensers, cash machines, etc.)

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