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
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.
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):
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
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.
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.