Home » Compliance with European Union WEEE and RoHS Directives

Compliance with European Union WEEE and RoHS Directives



In January 2003, the European Union adopted two important environmental directives -- the Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and the Directive on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). In combination with additional Directives in the EU and other geographies, they represent an important milestone in providing a safer environment for future generations.

The WEEE Directive

The WEEE Directive obliges manufacturers, importers, and/or distributors of electronic equipment to label the equipment for recycling; to register in each EU country in accordance with the rules adopted to implement the WEEE Directive; and to provide for recycling of the electronic equipment at the end of its useful life. The initial compliance date is August 13, 2005, although currently not all EU countries have adopted the necessary implementation rules. Avid is committed to complying with the WEEE Directive (as implemented in each EU member state). In accordance with the requirements of the WEEE Directive, Avid is working toward labeling the applicable Avid products that are shipped into the EU, registering as appropriate in those countries which have implemented the Directive, and establishing relationships with third party recycling schemes. The WEEE label and instructions for disposal are as follows:

Instructions for Disposal of Waste Equipment by Users in the European Union

This symbol on the product or its packaging indicates that this product must not be disposed of with other waste. Instead, it is your responsibility to dispose of your waste equipment by handing it over to a designated collection point for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment. The separate collection and recycling of your waste equipment at the time of disposal will help conserve natural resources and ensure that it is recycled in a manner that protects human health and the environment. For more information about where you can drop off your waste equipment for recycling, please contact your local city recycling office or the dealer from whom you originally purchased the product.

The RoHS Directive

The RoHS Directive complements the WEEE Directive by severely restricting the presence of specific toxic substances in electronic equipment at the design phase, thereby reducing the environmental impact of discarding such products at the end of their useful life. Starting on July 1, 2006, this Directive will significantly restrict the use of lead (Pb), mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and two bromine-containing flame retardants: PBB (polybrominated biphenyls) and PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ethers). Avid is committed to complying with this Directive. It is working in collaboration with its suppliers to evaluate the new restrictions; to identify relevant exemptions, where appropriate; and to substitute environmentally-benign, compliant alternative materials in its product components and manufacturing processes. Avid is seeking to achieve compliance with the RoHS Directive for its products by the July 1, 2006 implementation date.

Authorized dismantlers can access product dismantling instructions here: rohs.m-audio.com. A password will be required for access.