General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

On May 25, 2018, the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect across all European Union markets. We believe this presents a new opportunity for marketers to strengthen their brand loyalty by focusing on consumer privacy while delivering amazing experiences. Think of it as experiential privacy — having privacy be a key part of the customer experience, through relevant privacy notices presented in context and choices that are on brand. More info about GDPR.

Weee Statement

What is weee:

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, Elements Audio are happy to advise you on disposal of any electrical items purchased through us.

The Waste Electrical or Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive requires countries to maximise separate collection and environmentally friendly processing of these items.

WEEE (waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)

Elements Audio is proud to be apart of the valpac weee Scheme.

The amount of electrical waste we throw away is increasing by around 5% each year, making it the fastest growing waste stream in the UK.

This increase is mainly down to:

New technologies being developed, Affluent society, Throw away lifestyle

Over 75% of waste electrical goods end up in landfill, where lead and other toxins contained in the electrical goods can cause soil and water contamination.

Many of the electrical items that we throw away can be repaired or recycled. Recycling items helps to save natural finite resources and also reduces the environmental and health risks associated with sending waste electrical goods to landfill.

Some Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment can contain hazardous substances which could be damaging to the environment and to human health if disposed of in landfill. The best solution is to take all Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment to a recycling centre where any recyclable materials will be recovered, and the remainder will be disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.

Recycling your old electricals is easy!

Recycle your electrical and electronic devices free at your local recycling centre. To find your nearest centre, visit the Recycle More website (www.recycle-more.co.uk) and type in your postcode.

Why recycle?

Unwanted electrical equipment is the UK's fastest growing type of waste.

Many electrical items can be repaired or recycled, saving natural resources and the environment. If you do not recycle electrical equipment will end up in landfill where hazardous substances will leak out and cause soil and water contamination - harming wildlife and also human health.

We're proud to support your local authority in providing local recycling facilities for electrical equipment.

To remind you that old electrical equipment can be recycled, it is now marked with the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. Please do not throw any electrical equipment (including those marked with this symbol) in your bin.

How are we helping?

In the UK, distributors including retailers must provide a system which allows all customers buying new electrical equipment the opportunity to recycle their old items free of charge. As a responsible retailer, we have met the requirements placed on us by financially supporting the national network of WEEE recycling centres established by local authorities. This is achieved through membership of the national Distributor Take-back scheme (DTS). Our Certificate of Registration for DTS

In store take back for used equipment

As part of our commitment to recycling, we offer in-store take back of selected products on a one-for-one like-for-like basis. If you have broken or worn out speaker components, and are buying replacements, you can bring your old components with you and drop them off at our trade counter. Any components that can be reconditioned or reconed, will be repaired in house by our expert technicians, and then offered for sale. This avoids them ending up in Landfill.

If we are unable to repair the components, we will break them down into separate parts, steel, aluminium, copper and paper, and deliver them to the appropriate recycling facilities for each material type.

If we are unable to take back an electrical item, You should contact us or your nearest recycling centre which you can find on the recycle more website: (visit the Recycle More website)