United Kingdom WEEE Compliance

Collection and Recycling Arrangements in the United Kingdom

Under the proposed UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations, for equipment that you buy from Black Box after July 2006, Black Box is required to finance the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of WEEE that your new purchase replaces, on a one-for-one, like-for-like basis. The old equipment that your new purchase from Black Box replaces is referred to as Historic WEEE.

Under the UK WEEE Regulations, Black Box is also required to finance the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of any new electrical and electronic equipment that you buy from them after July 2006, when that new equipment eventually becomes waste. This is referred to as New WEEE.

Black Box is required to provide these arrangements starting from 1 July 2007.

Black Box products are very competitively priced. Any new increase in operating costs for manufacturers such as Black Box is normally reflected in a price increase in the product. However, instead of increasing the prices of our products Black Box has decided to share these new environmental costs directly with our customers. We believe in being transparent with you on any new environmental costs that our products need to address.

Our approach to sharing these new environmental costs are:

  • You pay for transportation of your WEEE to Black Boxs appointed recycler in the UK.
  • Black Box pays for the costs of treatment, recycling and recovery of the WEEE to meet the targets set by the UK WEEE Regulations
  • Black Box pays for the costs of data management and reporting to the Environment Agency to demonstrate compliance with all administrative requirements of the UK WEEE Regulations

Black Box has established a recycling contract with the European Advanced Recycling Network (EARN) and will cover any costs of treatment, recycling and recovery of the equipment on arrival at the EARN facility in the UK . All Historic and New WEEE that arises from the purchase of Black Box products is classed as non-hazardous waste**

**Black Box customers sending equipment for recycling are advised that you MUST remove all batteries PRIOR to collection to avoid the equipment being classed as hazardous waste.

It is your responsibility to arrange and pay for costs of collection and transportation to EARN. In order to meet UK Duty of Care Regulations for waste disposal, you should use one of the carriers (which hold a valid Waste Carriers License) listed in the right column.

WEEE Reporting Recycling Data for Black Box equipment in the United Kingdom

Under Section 29 of of the proposed WEEE Regulations, Black Box dealers must provide annual information of the quantities and categories of electrical and electronic equipment put on the market, reused, recycled and recovered within the UK.

The first WEEE recycling report will cover the period July 2006 to June 2007. EARN will prepare the recycling data report for Black Box. Information in the EARN recycling data report will be summarised on the Black Box website when it becomes available.


Category Equipment SoldCollectedReused Recycled Recovered
1. Large Household Appliances        
2. Small Household Appliances        
3. IT and Telecommunications Equipment        
4. Consumer Equipment        
5. Lighting Equipment        
6. Electrical and Electronic Tools        
7. Toys, Leisure and Sports Equipment        
8. Medical Devices        
9. Monitoring and Control Instruments        
10. Automatic Dispensers        

Waste Carrier Name-TNT UK Ltd

Telephone Number: +44 (0) 800 100 600
Website: www.tnt.co.uk

Waste Carrier Name-DHL International (UK) Ltd

Telephone Number: +44 (0) 8701 100 300
Website: www.dhl.co.uk

Waste Carrier Name-Christian Salvesen PLC

Telephone Number: +44 (0) 870 3655714
Website: www.salvesen.com

Please click on the link below to download the recycling label you should use. Please complete this label with your company details and attach it to a suitable box for transport to EARN.

Recycling Label for UK Customers