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1. Collection and recycling of end of life equipment ( WEEE )
Under The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006, Acer UK Ltd is an obligated producer and is compliant with these regulations (producer number WEE/AJ0233YU) through being a member of the Ecosurety compliance scheme. Electronic equipment contains hazardous substances that can harm the environment and human health if not disposed of properly. All Acer products and batteries are marked with the crossed out wheelie bin symbol which indicates our products should not be placed into your black bin and subsequently end up in landfill. The product must be first considered for reuse and where reuse is not possible environmentally-sound recycling must take place.
Acer are a member of the Distributor Takeback Scheme, meaning we contribute to supporting local recycling centres around the UK. If you have an Acer product or batteries to dispose of please visit www.recyclenow.com to locate the recycling centre nearest to you.
2. Acer and EPEAT Certification
EPEAT was developed through a stakeholder consensus process and is managed by the Green Electronics Council, a non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon, USA.
EPEAT® is the definitive global rating system for greener electronics. It is an easy-to-use resource for purchasers, manufacturers, resellers and others to identify environmentally preferable devices.
EPEAT registered products are measured against both required and optional criteria. A product must meet all of the required criteria in its category to be added to the registry. It is then rated Bronze, Silver or Gold depending on how many of the optional criteria it meets. Bronze-rated products meet all required criteria, Silver-rated products meet all required criteria and at least 50% of the optional criteria, and Gold-rated products meet all required criteria and at least 75% of the optional criteria.
EPEAT considers several categories of environmental attributes that cover the full lifecycle of electronic products.
Reduction/elimination of environmentally sensitive materials
3. Operational implementation:
We consider the product recycling to be an extension of the producer's responsibility and have planned our products and components recycling schemes in accordance with EU directives. Components that are recycled separately include the main unit of the product, batteries, secondary batteries, and packaging. By integrating our recycling channels with local systems we guarantee our customers that their Acer product will be properly disposed of. Our battery recycling program, for example, covers 3 aspects. First, we do not use mercury, cadmium, lead, or similar hazardous substances. Second, the design of our products ensures that batteries are easily identifiable and detachable. Third, clearly indicating the position of the battery and its type in the product disassembly guide facilitates the easy removal of the battery and its proper recycling. As for packaging, we have endeavoured to make it as lightweight as possible to save resources, and restricted the use of heavy metals materials in manufacture. The packaging is also stamped with a recycling symbol and logo of the materials it is composed of. In addition, many of Acer Europe branches have joined with local organizations to provide appropriate recycling channels.
For further information
If you have an Acer product or batteries to dispose of please visit www.recyclenow.com to locate the recycling centre nearest to you.