Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment ("WEEE") Directive2 aims to reduce the waste arising from electrical and electronic equipment and to improve the environmental performance of all those involved in the life cycle of these products. The Directive is in the process of being implemented into the national laws of the 28 European Economic Area (“EEA”) States and applies to firms which manufacture, sell, distribute, recycle or treat Electrical and Electronic Equipment.
Autodesk Position on the WEEE Directive
Autodesk is committed to ensuring the requirements of the European Union’s WEEE Directive are met. This Directive requires producers of electrical and electronic equipment to finance the take-back for re-use or recycling, of their products placed on the EEA markets after 13 August 2005.
Products supplied by Autodesk that are within the scope of the Directive are labeled with a crossed-out "wheelie-bin" symbol as required by the Directive. This indicates that the product was supplied on or after 13 August 2005 and that end-users should separate the product from other waste at end-of-life.
As the WEEE Directive is being implemented in each of the 28 EEA countries through national legislation, there is considerable variation in the detailed requirements across those 28 EEA countries.
If you have any questions about Autodesk’s efforts to achieve WEEE compliance, please e-mail your question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEEE Product Take Back and Recycling
In cases where a final end-user purchased products directly from Autodesk, Autodesk will arrange for the recovery and recycling at no additional cost.
In such cases, once the WEEE is collected, Autodesk will work with our designated suppliers to ensure the latest available technologies and methods are used to safely and efficiently recycle the products, and that as much reusable materials are recovered as possible. Lastly, final waste will be disposed in the most environmentally friendly manner.
To request WEEE product pick-up, please contact us. Autodesk will respond via email with a request number and information regarding which carrier will contact you for product pick up details.
By requesting this collection of end of life product, the customer agrees to relinquish ownership or any legal/financial claim to the equipment. The transfer of ownership will take place at the point the goods are passed to Autodesk or an agent.
After a request has been received, the Autodesk appointed carrier responsible for collecting the equipment for recycling will contact the customer to coordinate the collection of the waste product.
In cases where a final end-user purchased products directly from a reseller, the end-user should contact their reseller to arrange for the recovery and recycling of the WEEE.
1 Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the council of 27 January 2003 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The directive governs the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment sold in the EU. The directive will restrict the use of the following six substances for products on the market from July 1, 2006: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB (polybrominated biphenyls), and PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ethers).
2 Directive 2002/96/EC of the European Parliament and of the council of 27 January 2003 on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and Directive 2003/108/EC of the European Parliament and of the council of 8 December 2003.