The European Union developed legislation in 2003, to ensure that systems for collection, treatment and recycling of electronic waste would be in place throughout the European Union. Due to the increasing quantity of electronic waste, this legislation has since been recast. The WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU became effective on 14 February 2014.
This directive has been translated into UK legislation, whilst Irish legislation had been in place since July 5, 2005.
This symbol on a product or on its packaging indicates that the product must not be disposed of with other household waste. Instead, it is your responsibility to ensure disposal of waste equipment by handing it over to a designated collection point for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment usually at a Local Amenity Site. The proper recycling of your waste equipment at the time of disposal will help to conserve natural resources and ensure that it is recycled in a manner that protects human health and the environment. As a producer of electronic devices, 3M will provide for the financing of the treatment and recycling of waste returned using this system.
If the products are purchased from a distributor, you have the right to hand over your waste electrical or electronic equipment to the distributor if the product is replaced by a new product with a similar function. The distributor will then make sure that the waste is treated and recycled in the appropriate way.
For users of 3M equipment, other than private households, 3M will provide free recycling of all electronic equipment once a customer has completed our WEEE collection form.
If products are purchased to replace equivalent products that were purchased before 13 August 2005, 3M will take full responsibility on the recycling and environmentally sound disposal of the waste (no matter who the initial supplier was). When a product is not being replaced by an equivalent product and it was purchased before 13 August 2005 it is the customer responsibility to ensure the environmental disposal of the product.
For all products purchased after 13 August 2005 the regulations say that producer is responsible. So in this case, 3M will take full responsibility to treat and recycle the products.
3M will provide free take back of waste industrial batteries from any end-user, if 3M supply them with new batteries, if they’re the same chemistry as batteries 3M have placed on the market or if they cannot be returned to another producer.
Click the button to complete the form to request free recycling of electronic equipment or waste industrial batteries.
Recyclers can request access to get information on how to treat and dispose of a product. This can be done by simply filling out our recycler access form. Once the form has been completed and submitted, a user id and password will be sent for the recycler to download the required information.
Click the button and fill in the form to request more details on how to treat and dispose of a product.