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Governments, customers and the public are increasingly interested in the proper disposal of used electronics. The European Union (EU) has developed the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive to ensure that systems for collection, treatment and recycling of electronic waste will be in place throughout the European Union. While the WEEE Directive applies to most of HP’s products, it does not apply to parts, assemblies or consumables such as inkjet or LaserJet cartridges.

Throughout the European Union, national legislation is being developed to implement this Directive. Some countries in Europe have national WEEE-type legislation in place for several years, others are currently implementing the Directive and the rest will follow. HP expects that all WEEE legislation in Europe will be agreed by the end of 2006.

HP Position on the WEEE Directive

Product recycling is nothing new to HP and HP has participated in the development of the WEEE Directive at all stages of the legislative process both at EU and member state level. HP is now contributing to the implementation process in each member state where the company has a presence. HP will comply with the provisions of the WEEE Directive and national implementing legislation.

WEEE Compliance Statement
WEEE Case Study

HP has recycled computer and printer hardware since 1987. HP's Planet Partners recycling service provides an easy way to recycle any brand of computer equipment and is available in 36 countries.

UK recycling program

Instructions for Disposal of Waste Equipment by Users in Private Household

This symbol on the product or on its packaging indicates that this product must not be disposed of with your other household 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 to 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 office, your household waste disposal service or the shop where you purchased the product.

As a producer of electronic devices, HP will provide for the financing of the treatment and recycling of waste returned through these designated collection points in accordance with local requirements.

Instructions for Disposal of Waste Equipment by Commercial Users

For users of HP equipment, other than private households, HP will provide free recycling of all electronic equipment once a customer has returned the equipment to an HP designated collection point and where a replacement product is being supplied by HP. Where a replacement product is not being supplied, recycling services can be provided on request at additional cost. A certificate of disposal will be supplied by HP. Where national legislation dictates that other services should be offered, we will adapt our service to be compliant.

This service is offered in the European Union and Norway.

To participate in HP’s Business to Business Recycling Program, commercial customers can send their request through the following web-form.

European Recycling Platform

In 2004, HP, Braun, Electrolux and Sony established the first pan-European take-back and compliance system for used electronic products. The European Recycling Platform (ERP) will enable member companies to fulfill product take-back obligations mandated by the WEEE Directive at a competitive cost, benefiting customers and the environment. In Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Spain and UK, ERP will be HP’s preferred recycling system. In the other EU countries, HP will join a national compliance system or another compliance system authorized for that country.

European Recycling Platform (ERP) website


A sister Directive, ROHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances), compliments the WEEE Directive by banning the presence of specific hazardous substances in the products at the design phase.

HP's RoHS compliance
RoHS Position Statement