Collection and Recycling Arrangements in Austria
Under the Austrian Ordinance on Waste Prevention, Collection and Treatment of Waste
Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE Ordinance) that came into force on
August 13th 2005, for equipment that you buy from Black Box after August 13th
2005, Black Box is required to finance the collection, treatment, recycling and
recovery of WEEE that your new purchase replaces, on a one-for-one,
like-for-like basis. The old equipment that your new purchase from Black Box
replaces is referred to as Historic WEEE.
Under the WEEE Ordinance, Black Box is also required to finance the collection, treatment,
recycling and recovery of any electrical and electronic equipment that you buy from Black Box
after August 13th 2005, when that equipment eventually becomes waste. This is referred to as New
Black Box products are very competitively priced. Any new
increase in operating costs for manufacturers such as Black Box is normally
reflected in a price increase in the product. However, instead of increasing
the prices of our products Black Box has decided to share these new
environmental costs directly with our customers. We believe in being transparent
with you on any new environmental costs that our products need to address.
Our approach to sharing these new environmental costs are:
You pay for transportation of your WEEE to Black Box’s appointed recycler in Austria.
Black Box pays for the costs of treatment, recycling and recovery of the WEEE to meet
the targets set by the WEEE Ordinance.
Black Box pays for the costs of data management and
reporting to the Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Environment and Water
Management to demonstrate compliance with all administrative requirements of the WEEE
Black Box has established a recycling contract with ERA.
All Historic and New WEEE that arises from the purchase of Black Box products
is classed as non-hazardous waste**
** Black Box customers sending equipment for recycling are advised that you MUST
remove all batteries PRIOR to collection to avoid the equipment being classed
as hazardous waste.
Under Austrian waste management regulations, you are free to use any carrier you wish
to collect and transport the Historic and New WEEE to ERA.
WEEE Reporting Recycling Data for Black Box equipment in Austria
Under Article 24 of the WEEE Ordinance, Black Box must provide annual information of the
quantities and categories of electrical and electronic equipment put on the
market, reused, recycled and recovered within Austria.
The first WEEE recycling report will cover the period from August 2005 and be available
from April 2006.