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WEEE Compliance

Cisco's compliance with WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and other takeback and recycling regulations

What is WEEE?

"WEEE" stands for "Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment" (also known as "e-waste"). It refers to regulations, typically passed at a country, state or provincial level, aimed at promoting the reuse and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment and thereby reducing resource consumption and the amount of e-waste going to landfill. Requirements of WEEE regulations include, among others, financing the collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE. With the rapidly expanding use of electrical and electronic products globally and the resulting growth in e-waste, more and more jurisdictions are enacting WEEE regulations.

WEEE Compliance

Cisco closely monitors developing WEEE legislation globally and complies with applicable WEEE regulations.

Cisco joins approved compliance organizations to meet its collection and recycling obligations. Additionally, Cisco offers a Takeback and Recycle Program which provides environmentally sound recycling to customers wanting to dispose of Cisco products that have reached their end of useful life.

EU WEEE Position Statement

The European Union (EU) WEEE Directive, 2012/19/EU of July 2012, supersedes the original directive, 2002/96/EC of January 2003, and is implemented through national regulations in all European Economic Area (EEA) countries including all EU member states, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Iceland.

Cisco complies with the EU WEEE Directive and EEA national regulations, as applicable.

Requirements of the EU WEEE Directive and national regulations generally include, among others, the following:

  • Financing the collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of WEEE resulting from products on the corresponding market which have reached their end of useful life. Cisco meets this requirement through membership in approved compliance organizations. In addition, Cisco offers its Takeback and Recycle Program which provides users a means to properly dispose of Cisco product.
  • Labeling products with a crossed-out wheelie bin symbol to help minimize WEEE disposal as unsorted municipal waste and facilitate its separate collection.

Additional Compliance Information

For questions on Cisco's compliance with WEEE regulations, please email environment@cisco.com.

EU Battery Position Statement

The European Union (EU) Battery Directive 2006/66/EC was enacted in September 2006 and has been implemented through national regulations in all European Economic Area (EEA) countries including all EU member states, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Iceland.

Cisco closely monitors developing battery legislation and complies with the EU Battery Directive and EEA national regulations, as applicable.

Requirements of the EU Battery Directive and national regulations generally include, among others, the following:

  • Financing the collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of batteries. Cisco meets this requirement through membership in approved compliance organizations.
  • Labeling batteries with a crossed-out wheelie bin symbol to help minimize battery disposal as unsorted municipal waste and facilitate their separate collection.
  • Meeting the chemical substance restrictions of the EU Battery Directive.

Additional Compliance Information

For questions on Cisco's compliance with battery regulations, please email environment@cisco.com.

EU Packaging Position Statement

The European Union (EU) Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/62/EC (EU Packaging Directive) was enacted in December 1994 and has been implemented through national regulations in all European Economic Area (EEA) countries including all EU member states, Norway, Liechtenstein, and Iceland.

Cisco closely monitors developing packaging legislation and complies with the EU Packaging Directive and EEA national regulations, as applicable.

Requirements of the EU Packaging Directive and national regulations generally include, among others, the following:

  • Financing the collection, treatment, recovery and environmentally sound disposal of packaging. Cisco meets this requirement through membership in approved compliance organizations.
  • Meeting the heavy-metal concentration limits and the source reduction requirements of the EU Packaging Directive.

For questions on Cisco's compliance with packaging regulations, please email environment@cisco.com.

Canada

In Canada, a number of provinces have enacted WEEE regulations covering some Cisco products. Cisco complies with applicable WEEE regulations in Canada through membership in the compliance organizations approved by the respective province.

USA - New York State

In compliance with the New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act, Cisco offers residents of New York State the proper disposal of unwanted electronics. To avail yourself of this service, please visit Cisco's New York Consumer Take Back Services website, hosted by our partner Sims Recycling Solutions. This site provides information on electronic devices that can be recycled, a list of recycling centers where equipment can be dropped off, and a link to a web returns program for citizens to send back eligible electronics with a prepaid UPS label.

For all other Cisco products that are not included in the New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act, please follow the instructions to initiate a collection request using Cisco's Takeback and Recycle Program.

Latin America

Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru and other countries in Latin America have enacted WEEE regulations. Cisco complies with these regulations as applicable. Other countries including Argentina, Chile and Mexico have proposed WEEE legislation that Cisco is closely following.

Asia-Pacific

Australia, China, India, Korea and other countries in the Asia Pacific region have enacted WEEE regulations. Cisco complies with these regulations as applicable. Other countries such as Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam have proposed WEEE legislation that Cisco is closely following.

For questions on Cisco's compliance with WEEE regulations, please email environment@cisco.com.