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Sustainable development or sustainability means we are committed to helping meet the needs of society today while respecting the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

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Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

The environment is becoming more and more important for all of us. Governments, customers and the public are increasingly interested in the proper disposal of used electronics. As a result the European Union has developed the WEEE Directive (2002/96/EC) which was published on 27 January 2003, to ensure that systems for collection, treatment and recycling of electronic waste will be in place throughout the European Union.

On January 2, 2007 the directive was translated into UK legislation, whilst Irish legislation had been in place since July 5, 2005. (These links lead to external sites)

As the environment is a very important issue to 3M, we want to make sure that all products that fall within the WEEE Directive are dealt with according to these regulations.

WEEE Directive WEEE arising in household situations

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.

WEEE Directive WEEE arising in Business situations (non household)

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.

WEEE Directive WEEE information for Recyclers

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.

WEEE Directive Contact details

If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact us by one of the following methods:

Phone : +44 (0)1344 858 880
Fax : +44 (0)1344 857 897