Many countries and U.S. states are actively implementing and/or considering implementation of regulations aimed at mitigating the ever increasing volume of electronic waste (E-Waste) being created around the globe. ACE believes this growing concern is best addressed by going back to the basics of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. We design our products to have long lives in comparison to many other electronic computing products. By making them modular, easily upgradeable, and providing remanufactured product alternatives, we strive to further extend our products useful life. When particular components or systems do reach their end-of-life, we advocate proper handling so that the products are disassembled with maximum reuse, recovery, and recycling, thereby minimizing the impact on landfill and the environment.
California Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 - Senate Bill 20 amended as Senate Bill 50 (SB20/SB50) - Link California´s E-Waste Recycling Act first took effect on January 1, 2005. This bill requires retailers to collect an electronic waste recycling fee on specific electronic devices sold in the State of California (e.g., CRT and LCD monitors). ACE has opted to pay this fee on behalf of its California customers that purchase product directly from ACE. ACE complies with the California E-Waste Recycling Act by quarterly remitting fees and reports to the State of California. In addition, ACE annually notifies all ACE Resellers selling products to end users in the State of California that they may be responsible for collecting and remitting electronic waste recycling fees to the State of California.
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive Compliance
The European Union Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is a Producer Responsibility Directive aimed at reducing the waste from electrical equipment, increasing recovery and recycling rates of WEEE and improving the environmental performance of all operators involved in the life cycle of electrical and electronic equipment. The directive specifies that, for products put on the EU market on or after the 13th of August 2005, manufacturers of specified electronic equipment will be responsible for the collection, recycling and reuse of WEEE products. This can include taking back those products at the end of their useful life. To comply with the WEEE take back requirements for ACE-branded product sold in the EU after this date, ACE has developed a take back program. The take back program utilizes a combination of recycling and/or remarketed products to reduce waste. Under certain circumstances ACE will also take back third party equipment, when it is displaced by new ACE hardware (subject to a project by project analysis and review). ACE does not maintain any physical locations in Europe and works with a few select resellers, primarily to support our US Department of Defense customers. No significant product quantities have been collected to date.
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