Our business is involved in selling consumer goods, including electrical appliances, through the internet. Do we have a duty under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations to take back end-of-life appliances from our customers, and if so can we charge for collection?

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Our business is involved in selling consumer goods, including electrical appliances, through the internet. Do we have a duty under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations to take back end-of-life appliances from our customers, and if so can we charge for collection?

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As a business involved in selling electrical and electronic equipment (EEE), you are classified as a “distributor” under the WEEE Regulations 2013. The regulations define a distributor as “any person in the supply chain who makes an item of EEE available on the market”. This definition is clarified by the official Government guidance which explains that:

The WEEE Regulations apply regardless of how you sell the products, whether direct or by internet, mail order or telephone.

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