WEEE Regulations

We offer a free recycling service for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) through our stores.

Unwanted electrical equipment is the UK’s fastest-growing type of waste. When not disposed of responsibly electrical equipment ends up in landfill where hazardous substances can leak out and cause soil and water contamination. This can be harmful to both humans and animals. This is unnecessary when so many electrical items can be repaired or recycled.

Identifying What Can Be Recycled

If your electrical or electronic product displays the symbol below, it means it should be considered for repair or reuse.

Recycling Old Items in Store

You can bring your old electrical items to be recycled at any Axminster Tools Store.

  • You do not need to have purchased the item from us (either online or in store).
  • If your item is very small, and less than 25cm on its longest side, then you can take it to one of our stores at any time during opening hours.
  • If your item is larger than 25cm on its longest side, we will currently accept a like-for-like equivalent when you are purchasing a new item.
  • Please make sure the item you're returning is clean, free of wood dusts, and dry.

Take Back Scheme

If you purchased our product online you can apply to us to dispose of your unwanted and "end of life" electrical and electronic tools and machinery, providing they are within the scope of the legislation.

You will need to notify our Customer Support Team of your request, on 03332 406 406, prior to despatch and they will issue you with a Returns Number. Send the tool back to us, at your own cost, together with a signed letter requesting that we dispose of the product on your behalf and that you give the product to us at no cost. We will then arrange for its safe disposal at an Approved Authorised Treatment Facility (AATF); we will not advise you of the number of the waste transfer note disposing of your tool. Axminster will not be liable for the cost of shipping to our address.

Under the Waste Battery Regulations, we offer a take back scheme for all portable waste batteries. All of our stores provide facilities for taking back alkaline household batteries and all types of rechargeable power tool batteries. Boxes and bins for the return of these types of batteries can be found at our stores.

Please follow these simple steps and help us dispose of your unwanted batteries safely.

  • Only return batteries in person, do not mail them to us at any address.
  • Only return batteries that are for household items ie, AA or AAA alkaline batteries.
  • Power tool batteries from portable power tools.
  • Do not take motor bike, car or any other vehicle battery to our stores as these are not classed as portable and will not be accepted.

If you are a customer who has purchased from us by telephone or online then you also have a right to return your used batteries by visiting one of our stores.

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