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WEEE Regualtions
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (WEEE), EU Directive 2002/96/EC, were adopted into UK law on 2nd January 2007 with full implementation from 1st July 2007. These regulations require that electrical and electronic equipment, when being disposed of at the end of its useful life in an EU Member State, must be recycled and/or disposed of in accordance with the EU directive as it is applied in local laws of that State. Failing to recycle WEEE has significant affects on the environment and human health.

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 free of charge.

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 UKs 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. To ensure that your WEEE is recycled in accordance with the regulations, you must ensure that the goods are not put in the bin, but are separately disposed of by taking the WEEE to your local designated collection facility. This would normally be your local civic amenity site (recycling centre).

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

Railwayscenics are obliged under these regulations to offer our customers free take-back of their WEEE on a like-for-like basis when they buy a new Electrical or Electronic product from us. For example, if a customer bought a controller from us we would accept their old controller, and prevent it going into a landfill site by disposing of it safely. Customers must return their WEEE item to us within 28 days of purchasing their new item. No refunds will be given to cover postage costs to us.

Under the WEEE Regulations, all new electrical goods should now be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. 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.

WEEE
RoHS
Products placed on the market on or after July 1, 2006 may not contain more than the specified limits of below listed restricted substances.

Restricted substances and maximum concentration values tolerated by weight in homogeneous materials (as per Annex II of Directive 2011/65/EU):
Lead (0.1%)
Mercury (0.1%)
Cadmium (0.01%)
Hexavalent chromium (0.1%)
Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) (0.1%)
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) (0.1%)

Railwayscenics policy is only to designate a product as RoHS compliant when we are confident that the product is fully compliant. We use a simple Yes and No designation on our web site and the meaning of these designations is as follows:

RoHS Compliant YES
Based on information provided by our suppliers, this product does NOT contain the substances restricted by the RoHS legislation at levels over the maximum concentration values.

No RoHS Designation
Products that are outside the scope of the RoHS legislation and products for which we do not have enough information from our suppliers to confidently confirm their RoHS compliance status have no designation on our web site. Customers that wish to purchase a RoHS compliant version of any product that is not designated as RoHS compliant YES should contact our sales office or check available alternatives on our web site as we may be able to provide a suitable product from our extensive range.

REACH
On the 1st June 2007 the REACH (Registration Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) European regulation came into effect. The purpose of these regulations is to regulate the use of chemicals within the EU, and particularly those substances of very high concern (SHVCs). Railwayscenics are fully aware of the legislation and the projected timetable for compliance with its obligations.

Railwayscenics are committed to meeting our obligations under these REACH regulations as an importer and distributor of articles. We have spoken with our suppliers, and to the best of our knowledge none of the substances classified as SVHCs are contained within any of the products sold by Railwayscenics on the Railwayscenics website. Furthermore, all products imported, distributed or sold by Railwayscenics are classified as Articles within the REACH regulations. None of our products contain substances intended to be released under normal or foreseeable conditions of use, and therefore at the present time we are exempt from any requirement to register under REACH regulations.