Key points of our strategy to achieve minimal impact on the environment are:
- Constant monitoring of environmental impact by ensuring that it’s uppermost in the minds of senior management
- Work with key suppliers to minimise the carbon footprint of goods before they reach our end users
- Promote the safe and environmentally friendly disposal or recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment to colleagues and customers
- Using accredited recycling sources to dispose of the recyclable or hazardous waste products from our business
- Educate, train and motivate employees to carry out task in an environmentally responsible manner
- Meet and exceed all environmental legislation for our industry
As part of our commitment to reducing the amount of unwanted electrical waste being incinerated or sent to landfill sites, KRCS will arrange to have your old electrical items recycled, free of charge, when you buy new ones. Together we are working to stop precious resources from being lost forever, save lives and help protect the environment.
As part of the UK and European legislation on waste electrical and electronic equipment (the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, or WEEE Directive), we are committed to make good use of the materials which make up old electrical equipment by recycling, rather than disposing of it in landfill. This helps prevent the environmental effects of the escape of hazardous chemicals from electronic equipment when it decomposes in the earth.
In practice, this means customers will be able to take any 'like-for-like' (i.e. an old laptop or desktop computer when purchasing a new iMac, or an old charger and cable when purchasing a replacement) equipment to a KRCS retail store, either at the time of purchase, or up to 28 days after, with proof of purchase, and KRCS will then arrange for this to be collected and recycled. Please note, KRCS cannot be held responsible for your personal data and we highly recommend that you take the time to erase all personal data from your device before handing it over for recycling. Apple have guides for how to erase iOS devices here and Mac OS devices here.
Please note, schools and businesses must continue to make their own arrangements for the recycling of old electrical equipment and the above only applies to consumer purchases, where a consumer may otherwise struggle to find a safe way to recycle their electronic waste.
Where can I find recycling centres?
Wherever practical, old electrical waste should not be disposed of with your household waste. You can locate your closest participating collection site at https://www.recycleyourelectricals.org.uk/ (please remember to have your postcode to hand).
To remind you to recycle, all new electrical products are marked with a crossed out wheeled bin symbol.