Weee FAQs

What is WEEE?

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is a European Community directive that became European Law in February 2003 and took effect August 13, 2005. Its intent is to reduce the amount of electrical and electronic products that end up in the waste stream. The directive sets collection, recovery, and recycling targets for all types of electrical goods sold in the European Union.

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Does this impact me?

As of August 13, 2005, electrical equipment sold in Europe, including printers, must be disposed of in accordance with WEEE. According to the directive, only equipment purchased after this date must be recycled. Zebra has created a recycling scheme in Europe where Zebra-branded equipment marked with the underscored crossed wheelie bin symbol can be returned to the point of sale (or the point where new Zebra-branded equipment is being purchased) at its end of life. Zebra will then arrange for the equipment to be recycled.

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What is Zebra doing to comply with WEEE?

Zebra and its partner resellers have new responsibilities under this directive to collect, return and recycle equipment at its end of life. Zebra is committed to working with its partners to share responsibility and comply with the WEEE directive. Zebra has also begun marking all of its products sold in Europe to show they should not be treated as waste.

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How will it work for me?

According to the directive, customers must be able to return any printers sold after August 13, 2005 to the point of sale at their end of life. If you choose to make use of Zebra's program, Zebra will bear the recycling costs for equipment that is returned to its resellers.

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When will the program be active?

Zebra's recycling scheme is available for immediate use.

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What products can I return?

According to the directive, only new products placed on the market after August 13, 2005 must be accepted at end of life by the producer for recycling. Additionally, after August 13, 2005, older products must be accepted by the producer if they are being replaced by new products on a like-for-like basis.

Zebra is accepting recycling responsibility for any Zebra-branded units marked with the crossed wheelie bin symbol, or equipment from other producers if it is being replaced with Zebra equipment on a like-for-like basis.

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Can I return non-Zebra equipment for recycling?

If you are buying Zebra equipment as a like-for-like replacement for non-Zebra equipment, Zebra and its partner reseller will accept the non-Zebra branded equipment. Please contact your reseller to verify that this is the case.

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What happens if the original reseller won't take back my equipment for recycling, or if the original reseller is no longer in business?

Zebra is committed to making its recycling scheme work for you. If you are unable to return your old equipment to the reseller for any reason, contact Zebra at WEEE@Zebra.com to initiate the process.

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