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What’s the deal?

If you sell vapes, by law you must provide an option for consumers to dispose of vapes on a one-for-one basis under the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) regulations.

Is it really that important?

Yes, since the end of March, the Office for Product Safety and Standards has been undertaking enforcement action on any retailers who aren’t compliant.

How do I make sure I’m compliant? 

  • If you sell more than £100,000 of EEE you have to offer an in-store solution for vape customers looking to dispose of products on a one-for-one basis. The easiest way to do this is by signing up to a compliance scheme, whereby a company can supply you with a disposal unit and arrange for the waste to be collected. Here is a list of approved compliance schemes

  • You need to provide customers with information on which take back service you provide, as well as the information provided on this template, via in-store posters

  • You are required to keep a record of all items collected and disposed of. The government has provided a template of how to do this. 

  •    You also need to keep records of how you tell customers about your take back scheme.

What happens if I don’t comply with the regulations?

  • You could be fined up to £5,000 at a Magistrates’ Court

  • You could get an unlimited fine from a Crown Court

Who should I contact if I have questions about compliance or suspected non-compliance?  

Get in touch with the Office for Product Safety and Standards

Tel: 0121 345 1201 

Where can I get more detailed information? 

The government has provided a list of electrical waste retailer responsibilities here 

For more detailed information on selling vapes legally, check out the Association of Convenience Stores’ Guide to Selling Vapes Responsibly

Further information is also available from The Federation of Independent Retailers