Environmental Management FAQS
There are a number of environmental directives from the European Union (EU) and other parts of the world–some new, some recently updated–that affect the manner in which Zebra designs, manufactures, packages, and disposes of our products. Three of the more significant EU directives that influence the design of Zebra products are:
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (the WEEE directive) - The intent is to increase the recycling rate electronic equipmentat end of life.
Restriction of Hazardous Substances - Reduce or eliminate the use of the identified hazardous substances in electronic equipment (the RoHS directive).
The reduction of packaging waste (the Packaging Assessments directive).
WEEE (Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment) and RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) are legislative directives that reflect the desire of the EU to minimize the amount of electrical and electronic products that end up as environmental waste (WEEE) and to eliminate certain hazardous materials from products entering the EU (RoHS).
WEEE became effective August 13, 2005. RoHS becomes effective July 1, 2006.
As the WEEE standard evolved, the logo changed to a crossed wheelie bin with a horizontal bar underneath.
Both symbols are a designation that the product complies with the EU directive for Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment, and should therefore not be discarded in the regular EU disposal stream. Zebra has introduced a recycling scheme for EU reseller partners and end users, and it will take back any products marked with this symbol. Find out how to participate in this recycling scheme.