Why does WEEE regulation exist?
Some musical instruments and equipment are categorised as electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). When these items reach their end of life they are defined as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) because they're made up of components that contain hazardous materials like heavy metals or batteries.
For musical equipment powered by batteries, the batteries can contain heavy metals (such as mercury, cadmium, lead) - these are the main cause for environmental concern. If waste batteries are not disposed of correctly, heavy metals may leak when the battery corrodes, and so can contribute to soil and water pollution and endanger human health.
These materials can cause serious environmental damage and are dangerous to human health. That's why there is a system in place in the European Union to help recycle these products. Recycling - rather than dumping - means valuable components can be used again in new products and there will be less mining of raw materials.
What steps do we take to ensure compliance?
For all European transactions, unless shown during the checkout process, our prices include contributions to a producer recycling fund to ensure that Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment is collected and recycled in a responsible manner.
We also offer a FREE take-back service. If you have an older item that you wish to dispose of when you order a new replacement item from us (must be the same type of item), please advise us by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the old item, and we will collect it from you free of charge when we deliver the new item. Alternatively, you can bring the item to our stores in York (UK), Mülheim an der Ruhr (Germany) or Rosersberg (Sweden).
Information for customers in the Republic of Ireland
Gear4music is validly registered with the Producer Register Limited (Unit 47, Block 5, Northwood Court, Santry, Dublin 9) under the Producer Registration Number: 1079WB. Like in the rest of the EU, Gear4music takes back Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) free of charge on a one for one, like for like basis. Waste batteries including rechargeable batteries are taken back free of charge. You are not obliged to make any purchase when returning old batteries.
Each local authority must also accept household WEEE and small batteries free of charge at its recycling facilities. All WEEE and waste batteries must be recycled and should not be placed in any of your household wheelie bins. Make sure you always recycle all your old electrical goods and batteries.
If you live in Ireland, you can use WEEE Ireland's free service to find the location of your nearest WEEE collection point.You can also recycle your waste batteries at your local shop, grocery retailer or local recycling centre, free of charge!