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The EU Directive of the EU Parliament and Council on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

The EU Directive of the EU Parliament and Council on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) became effective on 13 August 2005. Individual EU Member State implementations were made effective, or will be effective, during 2005 and 2006.

The Directive imposes obligations for the collection; treatment; disposal and financing of WEEE - from users in households (or in some countries defined as consumer type of products), likely to end into municipal waste streams - and from other than household users (typically commercial customers). Financial obligations are different for household and commercial WEEE as well as for "historical waste" (of products put on the market before 13/08/2005) and "new waste" (of products put on the market after 13/08/2005). Additionally; the Directive requires that "new" products are marked and specific information is given to users and recycling companies.

IBM is complying with all the obligations pursuant the WEEE Directive and its transpositions into National Member State legislation as applicable.

The Producer Registration number for IBM UK Ltd is WEE/JK0042SY.

IBM will provide the means for collection and treatment of WEEE from commercial customers resulting from products put on the market after 13 August 2005 (new waste); and before 13 August 2005; (historical waste) when replaced by new equivalent equipment or by new products fulfilling the same function; to the extent required in any EU Member State under national law; regardless of whether they are sold "face-to-face" by IBM or through IBM Business Partners.

If you wish to make arrangements with IBM for the collection and treatment of waste electric and electronic equipment; please contact your IBM representative.

More information on the Implementation of the EU Directives on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) from the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform.

Information for Recyclers (not clients):

Upon request, and in accordance with Article 11 of the EU Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and with Article 15 of the EU WEEE Recast Directive 2012/19/EU and its respective transpositions into national law of the EU Member States, IBM will provide information to recyclers in accordance with the ‘EICTA, CECED, AeA and EERA Joint Position Guidance on Implementing Article 11 of Directive2002/96 (EC) Concerning Information for Treatment Facilities’.. In order for the request to be processed, requests must be submitted in English and include the following information:

Company Name / Country:
Authorisation/permit #:
email address:
Contact name:

Use the following contact information depending on the product:

WEEE collection

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