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 2012/19/EU
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.
Avid is committed to complying with the WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU (as implemented in each EU member state).
In accordance with the requirements of the WEEE Directive, Avid has labeled Avid products that are shipped into the EU, has registered as appropriate in those countries which have implemented the Directive, and has established a relationship with the RENE AG recycling scheme. 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 consumer waste equipment for recycling, please contact your local city recycling office or the dealer from whom you originally purchased the product.
If you have professional electronic equipment that you purchased from Avid or that you wish to have picked up for recycling, please complete and submit the WEEE Recycle Pickup Request Form.
The RoHS II “Recast” Directive 2011/65/EU
The RoHS Directive complements the WEEE Directive by severely restricting the presence of specific toxic substances in electronic products. Today, Directive 2011/65/EU includes the restriction of use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS II “Recast”) and the Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2015/863 (“RoHS III”) amending Annex II to Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council regarding the list of restricted substances that restricts the use of ten specific substances in electrical and electronic equipment sold in the EU. Avid is committed to complying with the RoHS II “Recast” Directive and has worked in collaboration with its suppliers to evaluate the new restrictions, to identify relevant exemptions, and to substitute environmentally-benign, compliant alternative materials in its product components and manufacturing processes. Subject to the available exemptions, Avid’s products are compliant with the new updated RoHS Directive for its products before the July 22nd, 2019 implementation date.