Electronic waste is the fastest growing type of global waste. According to the UN Environmental Programme, the global e-waste steam will soon reach 50 million metric tonnes annually. Responsible waste management, particularly around e-waste, has become the target of regulation and stakeholder interest.

Cisco closely monitors regulations relating to management of products at the end of their useful life and adheres to all applicable legislation worldwide. In Europe Cisco has met or exceeded the requirements in the EU Directive on Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) by registering as a producer.

A limited number of Cisco products are affected by regulations in several Canadian provinces. Cisco has met all the requirements in the legislation. Cisco will continue to closely monitor developing legislation in many countries and jurisdictions, including Argentina, Brazil, China, the European Union, and India to determine which products are in scope and meet all requirements.

Cisco actively participates in Digital Europe, an industry association that combines national digital technology associations from many European countries with dozens of direct company members. Through the Environmental Policy Group, Cisco is working with industry peers to protect the environment while allowing the ICT sector to prosper.

Cisco has developed a global reverse supply chain that allows us to recover and reuse or recycle more than 99 percent of our returned electronic equipment in major markets worldwide, ensuring Cisco products remain out of landfill sites.

The Cisco's TakeBack and Recycle Program is designed for customers to properly dispose of surplus products that have reached the end of their useful life. The Program is open to all business users of Cisco equipment. Product returned is sent to a recycler that demanufactures, shreds, and sorts materials into the fraction commodities which are either sold or given to downstream recyclers for use in new products.

The crossed out wheelie bin symbol as required by the WEEE Directive indicates that the product was placed on the market after August 13, 2005 and that end users should segregate the product from other waste for proper disposal at the end of its useful life.