In December of 1994, the European Union issued the Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste. This Directive aims to harmonise national measures in order to prevent or reduce the impact of packaging and packaging waste on the environment and to ensure the functioning of the Internal Market. It contains provisions on the prevention of packaging waste, on the re-use of packaging and on the recovery and recycling of packaging waste. Each Member State is obligated to adopt measures to meet the requirements set out by the Packaging Directive.
To meet the requirements of this legislation, manufacturers, importers, and distributors must either:
- Develop and implement their own take-back schemes for their product packaging; or
- Join non-profit associations, such as the Green Dot program, that are established to organise the collection, sorting, and recycling of used sales packaging. Green Dot is currently the standard take-back program in 21 European countries.
The Green Dot system is the only initiative that is attempting to provide overall coverage in the EU through one model that fulfills on behalf of obligated parties the requirement to collect and recover their packaging waste. By participating in the Green Dot program, manufacturers are released from the obligation of recovering their own packaging waste.
Buffalo Technology is committed to this scheme and is registering separately in the Green Dot program of each country to which we export, and are paying the required fees as determined by the license agreement.
The RoHS Directive refers to the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. This Directive bans the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of:
- Hexavalent chromium
- Polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) flame retardents
- Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants
The Directive and regulations came into force on 1st July 2006 and was updated 2 January 2013
All products shipped from Buffalo European distribution centres are compliant with the European RoHS Directive.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) applies to companies that manufacture, sell, distribute, recycle or treat electrical or electronic equipment (EEE), and to consumers within the European Union. Objectives of the directive are:
- To prevent waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and to promote the reuse, recycling and ecovery of such wastes
- To improve the environmental performance of all operators involved in the life cycle of electrical and electronic equipment, e.g. producers, distributors and consumers and in particular those operators directly involved in the treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment.
The Directive requires producers (manufacturers, distributors and sellers) to:
Ensure all consumer EEE imported in to the EC is marked with a recycling logo.
Register with the WEEE regulating authority within each member state.
Join a recovery and recycling scheme.
By December 31, 2006 producers will be required to achieve a series of recovery and recycling targets.
Buffalo Technology Inc. is committed to working with our suppliers, distributors, partners and customers to ensure compliance with the WEEE Directive.
REACH is a European Union regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals to streamline and improve the former legislative framework on chemicals entering or within the European Union (EU). REACH places greater responsibility on industry to manage the risks that chemicals may pose to the health and the environment.
In principle REACH applies to all chemicals: not only chemicals used in industrial processes but also in our day-to-day life, for example in cleaning products, paints as well as in articles such as clothes, furniture and electrical appliances.
REACH has several aims:
To provide a high level of protection of human health and the environment from the use of chemicals.
To make the people who place chemicals on the market (manufacturers and importers responsible for understanding and managing the risks associated with their use.)
To allow the free movement of substances on the EU market.
To enhance innovation in and the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry.
REACH came into force on 1st June 2007 and replaces a number of European Directives and Regulations with a single system.
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