Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Legislation (WEEE)

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive came into force on 1st July 2007. This regulation was implemented to reduce the quantity of electronic waste being sent to landfill. Under this legislation old electrical items must not be disposed of with standard waste, but should be taken to a central collection point for recycling.

Unwanted electrical equipment is the UK’s 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 it 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 member of the DTS scheme, Debenhams can no longer offer a take back scheme in our stores. Debenhams joined the Distributor Take-Back Scheme (DTS), which allows you to deposit your old electrical and electronic items at UK recycling sites – free of charge. All electrical items used in the home can be taken to participating sites to be recycled. You may also take the item(s) to your local authority Civic Amenity Site if this is more convenient. This applies to mains or battery powered items such as televisions, washing machines and smaller appliances including toasters, tools and toys powered by electricity.

Debenhams offers in store battery collection and we provide in store recycling for all customers to deposit their used portable batteries with no obligation to purchase new ones. Alternatively, you can also use the battery collection facilities at other retailers, supermarkets and at your local recycling site. As a responsible retailer we will recycle all used batteries that are returned to our stores.

More details on the recycling of electrical waste and batteries, including details of your nearest collection site, can be found at http://www.recycle-more.co.uk

To remind you that old electrical equipment can be recycled, it is now marked with a crossed-out wheeled bin symbol, as seen below.