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Recycling

1. Collection and recycling of end of life equipment ( WEEE )
In accordance with UK regulations, the company Acer has entrusted with the management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is a licensed professional environmental organization which firstly assumes Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR ), setting a system of collection and recycling of professional equipment at end of life. It also offers business solutions tailored to the needs of its customers. They can help facilitate with all aspects of IT products, in respect of electrical and electronic equipment but also cardboard and plastic packaging and the batteries that power them.

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
  • Material selection
  • Design for end of life
  • Product longevity/life extension
  • Energy conservation
  • End-of-life management
  • Corporate performance
  • Packaging
Acer now offers EPEAT registered products, whose list is available on the website EPEAT ww2.epeat.net/companies.aspx.

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
Recycling your PC:
Acer in cooperation with Valpak, offers an Asset Recovery Program and recycling service for Acer institutional customers designed to help them effectively recover the value of their retired technology. Please visit www.recycle-more.co.uk

Recycling your Battery:
Acer in cooperation with Valpak to provide a free environmentally responsible recycling service with rechargeable battery collection sites across the UK. To find a site go to: www.recycle-more.co.uk