Collection and Recycling Arrangements in Finland
Under the Finnish Waste Act which implements regulations for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) which 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 the waste electrical and electronic equipment (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 Waste Act, Black Box is also required to finance the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of any new electrical and electronic equipment that you buy from Black Box after August 13th 2005, when that new equipment eventually becomes waste. This is referred to as New WEEE.
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 Finland
- Black Box pays for the costs of treatment, recycling and recovery of the WEEE to meet the targets set by the Finland WEEE Regulations
- Black Box pays for the costs of data management and reporting to the Pirkanmaa Regional Environment Centre to demonstrate compliance with all administrative requirements of the Finland WEEE Regulations
- Black Box has established a recycling contract with ICT. 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.
It is your responsibility to arrange and pay for costs of collection and transportation to ICT. In order to meet the requirements in the Finnish Waste Act, the Finnish Waste Decree and the Decision 659/1996 of the Council of State, you should use one of the carriers (which hold a valid Waste Carriers License) listed in the right column:
WEEE Reporting Recycling Data for Black Box equipment in Finland
Under Section 51 (3) of the Finnish Waste Act, 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 Finland.
The first WEEE recycling report will cover the period August 2005 to July 2006.