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What is Rapid doing to reduce its environmental impact?

As a responsible business, Rapid is committed to recycling, minimising waste and limiting those operations which increase our carbon footprint. We comply fully with the RoHS, WEEE and REACH regulations, and as a Battery Producer Compliance collection point actively encourage our customers to recycle their used batteries.

We continually monitor the payment and delivery terms of our customer accounts, so that our vehicles spend less time delivering low value orders. All suitable boxes are re-used in packaging, while waste cardboard and paper are stored separately from general waste and taken to local recycling depots. The paper that we use in our packaging processes is produced from 100% recycled, biodegradable neutral ph paper. Our environmental activity also includes:

  • Provision of energy efficient lighting and heating
  • Provision of environmentally friendly packaging systems
  • Provision of environmentally friendly equipment such as CFC free cooling/refrigeration units
  • Elimination of any operation with harmful emissions

As a customer of Rapid, how do I go about recycling my waste electrical and electronic equipment?

Under the terms of the WEEE legislation, consumers who buy new electrical or electronic equipment included in the directive can return the product or equipment they are replacing to the supplier of the new EEE, at no cost to themselves.

Rapid is a member of the WeeeCare compliance scheme. Please contact the WeeeCare Helpline on 0844 800 2004 and quote Rapid membership number WEE/DJ0003ZR to start the process of disposing of your WEEE.

What products are covered by the WEEE directive?

Stand-alone electrical products such as test equipment, power supplies, computers and household appliances. Individual components are not included in the legislation. The types of products covered include:

  • Large and small household appliances
  • IT and telecommunication equipment
  • Consumer equipment such as TVs, videos, hi-fi
  • Lighting (including LED lamps and bulbs)
  • Electrical and electronic tools (except large stationary industrial tools)
  • Toys, leisure and sports equipment
  • Automatic dispensers
  • Medical devices (these are exempt from the WEEE recycling and recovery targets)
  • Monitoring and control instruments

Why is the RoHS directive required?

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive works in partnership with the WEEE directive to address the problem of global toxic waste. As the life of electrical products becomes shorter, and recycling replaces landfill to cope with this increased turnover, so the presence of potentially poisonous chemicals in heavy metals has to be withdrawn from the recycling chain.

How do I know if a product is RoHS compliant?

The RoHS directive became UK Law in 2013. At Rapid we make it very clear about the status of each product. RoHS compliancy is signified by a large white tick in a green circle on the product information pages.

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There are a restricted number of exceptions to the RoHS regulations, which allow the presence of the listed substances above the accepted levels in specific products, applications or environments.

You can view the latest version of RoHS guide here