Going green with your old Roland products
As a consumer you have a number of options where you can dispose of your old Roland and Boss products.
To find out where you can recycle your old Roland and Boss products please click on the following link: www.recycle-more.co.uk
This site provides the UK's most comprehensive information and recycling bank locator for households, businesses and schools.
Electronic & electrical products
If your product was bought after the 1st July 2007 and you buy a new equivalent product, you may take your old product to the retailer for them to dispose of, or ask them to collect it from your house and dispose of it. The disposal should be free of charge but you may be charged a collection fee. This arrangement is part of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulations (WEEE).
Frequently Asked Questions
'What does WEEE stand for and what does it cover?'
WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. The WEEE Regulations apply to electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) which falls within 10 product categories; virtually all EEE. The list is defined as follows by the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry:
1. Large household appliances
2. Small household appliances
3. IT and Telecommunications equipment
4. Consumer equipment
5. Lighting equipment
6. Electrical and electronic tools
7. Toys, leisure and sports equipment
8. Medical devices
9. Monitoring and control instruments
10. Automatic dispensers
'As a consumer, who should I contact to dispose of an old synthesizer or a digital recorder?'
For appliances bought from 1 July 2007, your distributor (meaning retailer, online distributor, mail order distributor etc) has an obligation to inform you of the means they provide to dispose of WEEE free of charge for treatment or recycling when delivered for the ”in-store take-back” (option 1) or the designated collection point (option 2).
Option 1 - “In - store Take-Back”: Retailers may accept an item for treatment (recycling or re-use) when you purchase an equivalent item.
Option 2 – Distributor Compliance Scheme: The Retailer may direct you to a designated collection facility they support, where you can dispose of your item free of charge. This will most likely be a local authority civic amenity site. However, there may be a fee charged by the retailer to collect the waste appliance from your home.
The retailer must provide at least one of these two alternatives for you.
'What is meant by “equivalent item”?'
The product you are taking back to the retailer for recycling free of charge should fulfil the same function as the one you are buying. Date of manufacture, size or features are not important. An example of this would be when you bring back an older synthesizer when you buy a new one.
'What are the provisions for items purchased from distance sellers?'
The distance seller (for products bought over the Internet, or through mail order) has to provide customers with information on how to discard appliances free of charge. Distance sellers may inform you of the distributor take-back scheme in your area or provide you with free shipping to a WEEE collection point.
'Can I continue to dispose of small electrical appliances with the household waste?'
You should not. The whole purpose of the legislation is to reduce the environmental impact of products going to landfill.
UK: The Environment Agency
Tel: 08708 506 506
Northern Ireland: Environment and Heritage Service
Tel: 028 9054 6462
Scotland: The Environment Protection Agency
Tel: 01786 457700