For equipment that you buy after August 2005, we are required to provide arrangements for the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery that your new purchase replaces, on a one-for-one, like-for-like basis.

The old equipment that your new purchase replaces is referred to as Historic WEEE.


Under the UK WEEE Regulations, Vernacare is also required to provide arrangements for the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of any new electrical and electronic equipment that you buy from Vernacare after August 2005, when that new equipment eventually becomes waste. This is referred to as New WEEE.

Vernacare was required to provide these arrangements starting from the 1st July 2007.

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We believe in being transparent with you regarding the environmental costs associated with WEEE. Our approach to sharing these environmental costs is as follows:

  • Vernacare pays for the costs of treatment, recycling and recovery of the WEEE to meet the targets set by the WEEE Regulations
  • Vernacare pays for the costs of data management and reporting to the Environment Agency to demonstrate compliance with all administrative requirements of the WEEE Regulations
  • You pay for transportation of your WEEE to Vernacare's appointed recycler in the UK

Additional Information

Vernacare has established a recycling contract with the European Advanced Recycling Network (EARN) and will cover any costs of treatment, recycling and recovery of the equipment on arrival at the EARN facility in the UK. All New WEEE that arises from the purchase of Vernacare products is classed as non-hazardous waste and does not contain Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) to class it as hazardous WEEE. As the waste holder, it is your responsibility to confirm that the waste Vernacare equipment has not become hazardous during the product use. For example, if the equipment has become contaminated during use, please follow the recommended decontamination procedure.

It is your responsibility to arrange and pay for costs of collection and transportation to the recycler.

Want to request collection and transport of your WEEE to our recycling facility?

Visit EARN, our chosen partner.

For further information please contact EARN directly by email:

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