How are FireAngel products affected by the WEEE Directive?
REPIC – Responsible Recycling the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive came into force in January 2007 and aims to both reduce the amount of WEEE being produced and encourage everyone to reuse, recycle and recover it. The WEEE Directive also aims to improve the environmental performance of businesses that manufacture, supply, use, recycle and recover electrical and electronic equipment.
The Directive requires that Electrical products placed on the market after the Directive came into place are marked with the following symbol, which means that when you come to dispose of the alarm you should dispose of it in line with the WEEE directive.
In order to meet the requirements of the current WEEE legislation FireAngel make contributions to a compliance scheme (WEEE Compliance Registration number WEE/AB0109WY/PRO) which ensures that provision is made to remove and recycle not only all new product placed on the market but in addition all existing products in domestic properties.
When the time comes to dispose of your alarm* you should take it to your local Civic Amenity site (rubbish tip) and place it in the section for WEEE which should be clearly marked. The section should also be separated into categories 1 – 10. All electrical FireAngel products fall into Category 9 – Monitoring and control instruments. At the moment most Civic Amenity sites will not have a separate section for category 9 products so you will most likely be asked to place the product into the ‘Mixed WEEE’ area.
* The WEEE directive is regulated by the Environment Agency. Despite the advice above regarding disposal of WEEE there is still some confusion regarding the disposal of smoke alarms using an ionisation sensor. Current Environment Agency advice is to dispose of smoke alarms containing ionisation sensors with normal household waste to ensure diverse distribution in landfill.
Should you have any further questions regarding this please contact the Technical Support Line 0800 141 2561.