WEEE / ROHS Information

Recycling and Disposal Information


All of our products are fully recyclable, and a high proportion (greater than 95%) of the materials used can be successfully recovered using existing recycling techniques. The following guidelines are provided to help with recycling and disposal of both chargers and batteries. Note that in the case of batteries and cells, a registered disposal agent MUST be used, either one that you can find locally or one that we can put you in touch with. We do not carry out battery or cell disposal ourselves.

BATTERY CHARGERS

a) CASINGS & MECHANICAL PARTS
All but the smallest chargers use steel casings and covers. All parts are assembled with threaded fasteners so disassembly is a simple process. The metalwork is usually coated using either Polyester or Polyurethane powder coating. Fasteners are steel with Zinc plating, later equipment will have some stainless steel fasteners as we gradually change over to all stainless fasteners. The very small chargers use Dural casings made from NS4 material. Coatings are the same as the larger systems.
b) ELECTRONICS
The internal parts can be broken down into the following main subsections:
i) Printed Circuit Board
In all cases the printed circuit board is a standard FR4 fibreglass/laminate material, with soldered in components. This assembly should be treated separately from the other parts as there are some items with toxic materials in.
ii) Transformer and choke
Steel core, copper wire and SRBP or glass-filled nylon bobbin. Terminals are normally moulded types with copper wire gripping components.
iii) Smoothing Capacitors
These contain toxic material and should NOT be opened or incinerated. Similar parts on the Printed Circuit Boards should also be treated in the same way.
iv) Power semiconductors
May contain Beryllium Oxide and may also have other toxic material inside. DO NOT open or incinerate.
iv) Cabling
Standard stranded cabling with PVC or CSP rubber sheathing.

BATTERIES

ALL BATTERIES must be recycled using an approved recycling centre or agency. This is a legal requirement with heavy fines for those found dumping or using non-approved methods of disposal.

Generally, batteries are collected and transported by the recycling company, it is not permitted to transport waste batteries by a non-approved transport operator, although very small quantities may be allowed if the journey is short and no hazard is involved.

If you are unable to find a disposal agent in your own area, please contact us so that we can put you in touch with a suitable operator.

BATTERY HANDLING HAZARDS
Batteries are a power storage device, so if there is stored energy in a battery, that energy presents a risk if the battery terminals are shorted. This risk includes Fire and Burns.

Chemically, batteries contain either Acid or Alkaline products, they are also contain heavy metals such as Lead and Cadmium which are highly toxic. Thus they should not be opened and even more important they must not be incinerated, as this would release toxic products into the air.

UK GOVT & PRIVATE WASTE REGULATION LINKS

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs - Recycling and Waste

British Battery Manufacturers Association, directory of disposal sites (PDF File)

Contact us: Phone: +44 (0) 1933 356666 Fax: +44 (0) 1933 355557 Email: prepair@easynet.co.uk


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