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WEE REGULATIONS

What is WEEE?

The Waste Electrical or Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive requires countries to maximise separate collection and environmentally friendly processing of these items. 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. Those establishing their own take-back scheme must as a minimum offer all customers buying new electrical equipment free take back of their old electricals on a like-for-like basis.

Our Role
As part of our environmental responsibility we adhere to the EU WEEE regulations. If, having purchased an electronic item from ourselves, you wish to return your unused electronic goods, please contact info@watchtown.co.uk and we will provide instructions to do so. Under the regulations, we will compensate you for your return postage up to a reasonable level, and dispose of the waste electrical item accordingly. As goods are waste, it is not necessary to insure items returned to us under the regulations. All items returned to us are recorded and disposed off accordingly.

Please note that we can only accept items back under this policy which are similar to that which is purchased. e.g. If you purchase a watch, you may return one watch to us to be disposed under the WEEE regulations. 

This only applies to electronic items, and does not apply to non-electrical goods such as Perfumes and Cosmetics. 

Further WEEE information:

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is now UK law. 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 UK's WEEE ends up in a landfill, where the lead and other toxins it contains can cause soil and water contamination. This can have 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.

Distributors of new Electric and Electronic Equipment (EEE) have a part to play in reducing the amount of WEEE going into landfill sites.
watchtown are obliged under these regulations to offer our customers free take-back of their WEEE on a like-for-like basis when you buy from us a new Electrical or Electronic product. For Example, if a customer bought a new watch from us we would accept their old watch 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.
Under the WEEE Regulations, all new electrical goods should now be marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol shown below.