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Environmental & Sustainability Policy Statement

Exel Contracts Ltd, are committed to leading the industry in minimising the impact of its activities on the environment.

We recognise and accept our legal duty of care towards the environment and are committed, not only to complying with our legal duties and with other requirements to which we subscribe, but to exceed these requirements where practicable. We also acknowledge the need to use and provide sustainable products in and around our workplaces.

  • We will minimise waste by evaluating operations and ensuring that they are as efficient as possible, reusing and recycling where appropriate.
  • We will ensure that the WEEE Regulation 2018 (see Appendix A) is understood by employees and adhered to.
  • We will minimise toxic emissions through the selection and use of its fleet and the source of its power requirement.
  • We will actively promote the “reduce, reuse and recycle ethos” both internally and amongst our customers and suppliers (see Appendix B).
  • We will source to promote a product range to minimise the environmental impact of both production and distribution.
  • We will meet or exceed all the environmental legislation that relates to the Company.
  • We will use an accredited program to offset the greenhouse gas emissions generated by our activities.
  • We will train, educate and inform our employees about environmental issues that may affect their work.
  • We will strive to continually improve our environment performances and minimise the social impact and damage of activities by periodically reviewing our environmental policy annually.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 2018

Also referred to as the WEEE Regulation 2018

Advice on recycling electrical goods

Recycling is the safest and most responsible way to dispose of electrical item that are faulty or otherwise beyond repair. Read on to discover advice about recycling everything from large kitchen appliances through to handheld gadgets.

Why recycle electrical items?

170 million new electrical items are purchase in the UK each year, but we currently recycle less than a third of these when they come to the end of their lifecycle.

Electrical and electronic equipment is made up of a wide variety of materials, many of which can be reused (for example, there’s enough steel in an iron to produce 13 steel cans).

By recycling your old and unwanted electrical items, you’re doing your bit to help the environment by preventing potentially hazardous waste from entering landfill and causing soil and water contamination.

What is the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive?

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, which was first introduced in 2007, governs how manufacturers and retailers in European countries behave in regards to recycling.

The regularly-updated WEEE directive is designed to ensure that less harmful electrical waste is sent to landfill; though the regulations don’t directly affect consumers, they do ultimately make it simpler for you to recycle your old electrical goods.

You can find more information about how the regulations in the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive help you to recycle your electrical products more easily in the ‘How do I recycle my electrical item?’ section below.

What electrical items can be recycled?

Almost all electrical items with a plug or a battery can be recycled, including the following:

  • Large household appliances like fridges, freezers, microwaves, dishwashers and washing machines.
  • Smaller household appliances like irons, toasters, kettles and vacuum cleaners.
  • IT and communication equipment like laptops, fax machines, printers, phones and smartphones.
  • Audio, audio-visual and other entertainment-related equipment like mp3 players, stereos, TVs, DVD players and games consoles.
  • Tools like drills, saws, lawnmowers and sewing machines.
  • Personal grooming gadgets like electric toothbrushes, hairdryers, straighteners and curling tongs.

‘Can it be recycled?’ checklist

If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, them your electrical item can be recycled:

  • Does it have a plug?
  • Does it use a charger?
  • Does it use batteries?
  • Does it carry the WEEE wheelie bin logo (a crossed out wheelie bin)?

How do I recycle my electrical item?

Recycling electrical goods is usually a straightforward process thanks to the variety of options available:

  • Take your item to your local recycling centre – you can easily locate your nearest centre on the Recycle Now website.
  • Under the terms of the WEEE directive, all retailers must provide a way for customers to dispose of their old household electrical and electronic equipment when they sell them a new version of the same item, either through a collection service or a store take-back scheme. Check with your retailer for details (some may apply charges for the collection service).
  • Some councils offer a household recycling collection service for small electrical items; contact your local authority for more details.