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Recycle Electrical or Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

This page provides all the information you would need regarding recycling electrical or electronic equipment.

European customers outside of the UK, please visit Recycling WEEE Outside Your Country.

How to dispose of Electrical and Electronic Equipment

As a rule, electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) shouldn't be disposed of along with household waste. EEE may contain hazardous substances which, if exposed, could cause a serious detrimental effect on the environment, wildlife, and human health.

For more information on the WEEE Directive, including how Amazon ensures the safe disposal of your electrical and electronic equipment, visit About the WEEE Directive.

Amazon is a registered member of ERP UK Ltd WEEE Producer Compliance Scheme for 2021 with the following WEEE Producer Registration Number: WEE/AD1283ST.

Products that should not be disposed of along with household waste will be marked with this icon:


Warning label showing a crossed out bin

If you'd like to dispose of electrical or electronic equipment for recycling, we recommend that you:

  • Donate the unwanted item to a charitable organisation.
  • Take it to one of the ERP UK collection points (you can find your nearest collection point by visiting https://erp-recycling.org/uk/where-to-recycle).
  • Take part in national recycling campaigns.
  • For equipment weighing less than 30kg, Amazon will pay for the cost of your return. You can print a prepaid label with the Landbell Group. Once your item is properly packed, you can bring it to one of the drop-off points or arrange a collection.
  • For equipment weighing 30kg or more, you can arrange for it be collected when you order a new similar item from Amazon.co.uk. Find out more by visiting About Recycling Heavy Bulky Items.
  • For equipment weighing 30kg or more, which needs to be collected outside the purchase procedure, please send an email to eu-weee-takeback@amazon.com and provide the following information:
    • Name:
    • Email address:
    • Phone number:
    • City:
    • Postal Code:
    • Street and door number:
    • Equipment type:
    • Description of items requested for collection:
    • Units:
    • Total weight (kg):
    • Order ID of the new item bought from Amazon online store:
    • Additional information (optional):

    Privacy Notice can be found at the following link: https://www.h2compliance.com/resources/Privacy_Notice_EN.pdf.

Tips for removing personal data from electrical and electronic devices

If you are an owner of a personal electronic device that is covered by the WEEE Directive such as a computer, mobile phone, or camera, you should erase all personal or confidential data before recycling it. You can do this by restoring the device to its factory settings, which is normally done in your device’s settings menu.

Also, you should delete any personal or confidential data on any internal storage device such as a memory or SIM card. Amazon EU S.à.r.l is not liable for any data on your device. Before resetting your device, you should always:

  • Back up any sensitive data such as photos, contacts and messages.
  • If possible restore the device to its factory settings.
  • Sign out of any accounts you’re signed into such as Cloud storage, social media, and messaging apps.

If you have purchased your product from a Marketplace Seller, please contact that Seller to know more about the solution they have in place for disposing of your old electronic equipment.

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

If your old electrical equipment is still functional and/or could be repaired, you may want to consider either donating it to a charitable organization, or giving it to someone else in need. By extending the lifetime of your old equipment, you are contributing to the efficient use of resources and avoiding additional waste.

Packaging and Shipping Instructions

Please do not return any damaged or standalone batteries.

If your equipment has Lithium cells and batteries installed in the equipment (e.g. mobile phones, headphones) or is packed with the equipment (e.g. laptops, digital cameras), you should have special care, namely:

  • The equipment in this case should be packed with strong outer packaging. If using cardboard boxes, they must be strongly constructed, preferably with seams that are stitched or stapled, not merely glued. Use boxes that are at their full strength and that have not been compromised by humidity. Seal your box with duct-tape (preferably reinforced) by applying three strips to both the top and bottom of the box, so that the middle seam and the two edge seams are sealed
  • Packages must be marked with "LITHIUM BATTERIES FOR RECYCLING"
  • Appropriate measures shall be taken to minimize the damage of the equipment when filling and handling the packaging, e.g. use of rubber mats
  • The packaging shall be constructed and closed so as to prevent any loss of contents during carriage
  • Each package must be marked with one of the following label depending on whether they are (1) lithium ION or (2) lithium METAL

(1)

UN3481 Label

(2)

UN3091 Label

Our recycling partners

European Recycling Platform

ERP UK Collection Points

Recycle your electricals

For more information about recycling with Amazon, visit Recycling at Amazon.

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