As an environmentally responsible company, we comply with three key pieces of European legislation relating to waste:
- The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive
- The Battery Directive
- The Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive
The WEEE Directive
WEEE stands for the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. The WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC is European legislation, which came into force in February 2003. It aims to encourage people to dispose of electrical and electronic equipment in an appropriate way to be recycled and not to put them in with their general waste.
Under the Directive, targets were set for the collection, recovery and recycling of all types of electrical goods. Its ultimate aim is to reduce the amount of waste electronics going to landfill and to encourage manufacturers to incorporate environmental design into their products.
What does the WEEE Directive mean for Brother?
It means that the design of our products is undertaken so that materials can be more readily separated for recovery and recycling at the end of their lifespan. Under the WEEE Directive, we have a responsibility to take back and recycle products that are at the end of their lifespan in each of the European countries that we operate in. The Directive sets out that we must establish systems for collecting waste electrical and electronic equipment.
What is the process involved?
Each of our sales facilities across Europe is committed to complying with the WEEE Directive in their country. Each of our sales facilities is a member of a compliance organisation or scheme in their country. Compliance organisations recover and recycle WEEE on behalf of companies to meet the requirements and targets set within the Directive.
Brother International Corporation Ireland WEEE Register Society number IE 00079 WB.
The Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive
The Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/62/EC is European legislation introduced in 1994 to regulate packaging and to promote recycling in Europe.
It concentrates on four areas of waste management:
Packaging should be designed to be as efficient and environmentally friendly as possible so there is minimal waste to dispose.
Manufacturers have a responsibility to take back packaging waste. Necessary packaging should be reused for future products.
If the packaging cannot be reused, manufacturers should recycle the components of the packaging for future use.
If recycling for packaging purposes is not possible, the Directive does not allow the packaging to be dumped in landfills or to be recycled as combustible fuel.
What does the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive mean for Brother?
We ensure that our packaging is designed to be as environmentally efficient as possible in order to minimise our impact on the environment.
It also means that we have a responsibility to establish a system for the collection and recycling of waste packaging from our products.
What is the process involved?
Each of our sales facilities across Europe is committed to complying with the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. Each is a member of a compliance organisation in their country in order to achieve this.
Compliance organisations recover and recycle packaging waste on behalf of companies to meet the requirements of the Directive.