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M&S launches WEEE recycling service

Marks & Spencer has launched an online waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) recycling service where customers receive M&S vouchers in exchange for their small WEEE.

As a part of its Plan A programme, which aims to make it the most sustainable major retailer by 2015, M&S is providing a service for  customers to recycle mobile phones, digital cameras, laptops, sat-navs, and MP3 players. 

M&S Direct director Dave Hughes said: “As technology advances and new models are launched many of us opt to trade up, leaving our old gadgets redundant. By recycling these unwanted items we can help reduce electrical waste, provide those in need with cheaper access to technology, raise funds for good causes and consumers can even use the vouchers to get money off their next gadget upgrade.”

The website will allow customers to enter the details of their WEEE item and receive an instant valuation. Prices for the goods could be up to £110 for a working Dell laptop or up to £60 for an MP3 player and users can decide whether to receive the money back via M&S gift vouchers or to donate all or some of the value to one of M&S’s charity partners.

ShP is M&S’s WEEE recycling partner.  Its managing director Simon Walsh said: “[This service is] a perfect fit to their environmentally friendly commitments and a convenient method for customers to dispose of their unwanted electronics safely and responsibly return for M&S quality.”

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