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Guide to Weee directive

Recycling your old electricals is easy

You can recycle your old electrical and electronic devices free at your local recycling centre. To find your nearest centre, visit the Recycle More website and type in your postcode.

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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 helping to protect the environment. If you don’t recycle your old electrical equipment it will end up in landfill, leaking hazardous substances that contaminate the soil and water and can harm wildlife and people..

We’re proud to support your local authority in providing local recycling facilities for electrical equipment.

To remind you that electrical equipment can be recycled, it’s now marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. Please do not put any electrical equipment in your bin, even if it’s not marked with this symbol.


What is WEEE?

The EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive aims to encourage people to recycle old electrical and electronic equipment such as televisions, washing machines and mobile phones whenever they buy new ones.


How are we helping?

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).

To find out more about WEEE recycling and to locate your nearest recycling centre, please visit the Recycle More website.


Recycling your old mobile phone

We’re updating our mobile phone recycling offer and it should be ready in the next few weeks. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience. If you’d like to speak to someone in the meantime, please contact the Sainsbury’s Careline on 0800 636 262.