How to Comply with Vape Recycling Legislation
A Complete Guide for Vape Retailers
As a vape retailer, you must provide consumers with an option to dispose of vapes under the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) regulations. In this article, we’ll help you understand the importance of compliance, the steps to take, and the consequences of non-compliance.
Is Vape Recycling Compliance Really That Important?
Yes, it is. Since the end of March, the Office for Product Safety and Standards has been taking enforcement action against retailers who aren’t compliant with these regulations. So, it’s crucial to adhere to the legislation on vape recycling.
How to Ensure Compliance
For Retailers Selling Less Than £100,000 of EEE
If your sales are under £100,000, you can sign up for the Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS), operated by recycling expert Valpak. Charges for this service depend on your store size and sales.
Display Signage in Store
Follow the provided template for displaying signage in your store, informing customers about WEEE disposal.
Record Customer Information
Keep a record of the information you give customers about where they should take their WEEE.
For Retailers Selling More Than £100,000 of EEE
If your sales exceed £100,000, you must offer an in-store solution for vape customers to dispose of products on a one-for-one basis. Sign up for a compliance scheme to receive a disposal unit and waste collection services. Check this list of approved compliance schemes.
Provide Customer Information
Use in-store posters to inform customers about your take-back service and follow the information provided on this template.
Maintain records of all items collected and disposed of. Use the government-provided template to do so. You must also keep records of how you inform customers about your take-back scheme.
Consequences of Non-Compliance
If you fail to comply with these regulations, you may face:
- Fines up to £5,000 at a Magistrates’ Court
- Unlimited fines from a Crown Court
If you have questions about compliance or suspect non-compliance, contact the Office for Product Safety and Standards at [email protected] or call 0121 345 1201.
- List of electrical waste retailer responsibilities
- Guide to Selling Vapes Responsibly by the Association of Convenience Stores
- Further information from The Federation of Independent Retailers
- What are the WEEE regulations?
The WEEE regulations require retailers to provide consumers with an option to dispose of vapes on a one-for-one basis.
- What is the DTS?
The Distributor Takeback Scheme (DTS) is a service provided by Valpak for retailers selling less than £100,000 of EEE, allowing them to comply with WEEE regulations.
- What are the WEEE regulations?
Additional Tips for Vape Retailers
Educate your staff about WEEE regulations, the importance of vape recycling, and the steps to ensure compliance. This will help them effectively inform customers and handle the recycling process correctly.
Create a Clear In-Store Recycling Area
Designate a specific area in your store for vape recycling, clearly visible to customers. This will encourage them to recycle their devices and make it easy for them to participate in the recycling program.
Promote Vape Recycling
Use social media, email newsletters, and other marketing channels to raise awareness about your recycling program and encourage customers to participate. This will not only help you comply with the legislation but also promote your commitment to the environment.
Partner with Local Authorities
Collaborate with local authorities and environmental organizations to ensure you’re up-to-date on changes in legislation and regulations. This will help you maintain compliance and foster positive relationships with your community.
Complying with vape recycling legislation is essential for vape retailers to avoid penalties and demonstrate a commitment to environmental responsibility. By following the guidelines provided, signing up for appropriate schemes, and educating staff and customers, you can ensure a successful and compliant vape recycling program.