WEEE - Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

What is WEEE?

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) was introduced into UK law in January 2007 by the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Regulations 2006. The WEEE Directive aims to reduce the amount of electrical and electronic equipment being produced and to encourage everyone to reuse, recycle and recover it.

Information taken from http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk

Why recycle?

Unwanted electrical equipment is the UKs fastest growing type of waste.

Many electrical items can be repaired or recycled, saving natural resources and the environment. If you do not recycle, electrical equipment will end up in landfill where hazardous substances will leak out and cause soil and water contamination – harming wildlife and also human health.


As a retailer of electrical & electronic goods, we conform to all WEEE regulations. As such, if you purchase any electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), we will dispose of any equivalent waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) free of charge on a like-for-like basis.

E.g. If you purchase a new amplifier from our store, we will safely dispose of your old unwanted amplifier free of charge.

How do I return my WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) to GUITARGUITAR?

If you have made a purchase online please contact our web team within 7 days of purchase to arrange collection of your unwanted product. They can be reached on 0800 456 1959 or support@guitarguitar.co.uk. Please have your name, address and order number ready.

If you have made a purchase in-store please contact the store of purchase within 7 days. After which you will be required to bring in your unwanted product, along with the receipt for your new purchase.

Which products fall under the WEEE legislation?

The WEEE Directive divides Electronic and Electrical Equipment into ten categories:

  • Category 1 - Large household appliances (fridges, cookers, microwaves, washing machines, etc.)
  • Category 2 - Small household appliances (vacuum cleaners, clocks, toasters, etc.)
  • Category 3 - IT and Telecommunications equipment (PCs, mainframes, printers, copiers, phones, etc.)
  • Category 4 - Consumer equipment (radios, hi-fi, musical instruments, videos, camcorders, etc.)
  • Category 5 - Lighting equipment (fluorescent tubes and holders, sodium lamps, etc.)
  • Category 6 - Electrical and electronic tools (drills, sewing machines, electric lawnmowers, etc.)
  • Category 7 - Toys, leisure and sports equipment (electric trains, games consoles, exercise machines, etc.)
  • Category 8 - Medical devices (analysers, dialysis machines, medical freezers, etc.)
  • Category 9 - Monitoring and control equipment (smoke detectors, thermostats, scales, etc.)
  • Category 10 - Automatic dispensers (hot drinks machines, sweet and chocolate bar dispensers, cash machines, etc.)

Any electrical or electronic equipment (EEE) that is sold from GUITARGUITAR falls under Category 4 of the WEEE Directive.

What does the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol mean?

To remind you that old electrical equipment can be recycled, it is now marked with a crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. Please do not throw any electrical equipment (including those marked with the crossed out wheeled bin symbol) in your bin.