Electrical and electronic equipment includes many materials and components that can negatively influence human health and life and the natural environment (e.g. bromine compounds can cause ailments of the reproductive system, cadmium – cancerous changes, nickel – marrow changes). Fundamental processes reducing the impact of dangerous components contained in the discussed equipment include eco-friendly designing and an appropriate system of electrical and electronic waste management.
The Act of 29 July 2005 on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (hereinafter referred to as WEEE) entered into force on 21 October 2005. It defines the requirements that electrical and electronic equipment should meet and the WEEE code of conduct. The act implements the decisions of directive 2002/96/WE of the European Parliament and Council of 27 January 2003.
Companies introducing new electrical and electronic equipment to Poland, commercial entities and equipment users are all responsible for the appropriate functioning of WEEE management. The first category is predominantly obliged to organise and finance the collection of waste equipment and to recover, recycle and treat waste equipment from private households and other users. In addition, the distributors are obliged to meet minimum annual levels of waste equipment collected from private households and to conduct public educational campaigns. As for the end users of electrical and electronic equipment, the act obliges them to hand WEEE over to waste collection points and prohibits their disposal together with other types of waste (as demonstrated by the ”crossed out bin” symbol placed on the equipment).
For our Clients’ information – ABC Data S.A. is present in the registry of the Chief Inspectorate of Environmental Protection as an entity placing and collecting electrical and electronic equipment and batteries and accumulators under the registry number of E0001050WZBW. This is the same number that is included in our sales documents.
ABC Data S.A. implements statutory obligations arising from the Act on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Journal of Laws 2005, no. 18, item 1495 as amended) mainly through cooperation with the electrical and electronic equipment recycling organisation ElektroEko S.A. As a result of this involvement, clients of ABC Data are entitled to hand over electrical and electronic equipment to ElektroEko in the process described below, at no charge.
The collection of waste equipment from ABC Data clients includes both equipment intended for private households (e.g. monitors, laptops, PCs, printers, digital cameras, video cameras) and different use (e.g. workstations, large format copiers, large-scale uninterruptible power supplies, products for professional IT solutions). Clients interested in the disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment must first inform ”their” dealer by e-mail, attaching a filled out return authorization according to an appropriate form (received from the dealer). The application will then be handed over to an appropriate ElektroEko staff member, who will contact the ABC Data client.
It is assumed that the waste electronic equipment should be collected within 7 working days from the date the ABC Data dealer transfers the submission to ElektroEko (Clients are entitled to arrange an earlier date). Due to optimisation of the costs of logistics services, it is recommended that the total weight of equipment submitted for collection should not be below 150 kg, although this is not a prerequisite.
The European Union introduced new provisions regulating the system of managing and controlling the trade of chemicals in the Community. Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 made by the European Parliament and Council on 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) came into force on 1 June 2007.
The regulation to a large degree places responsibility for the correct functioning of the REACH system on enterprises, manufacturers and importers of chemical substances and preparations, and in some cases also of goods. ABC Data conducted a thorough analysis and evaluation of its activity from the viewpoint of REACH, making it possible to define our duties arising from the new rules. As an importer and distributor of products in the audio-visual and IT category, it is our intention to deliver products safe for human health and the environment. In order to eliminate the commercial risk connected with the registration process of chemical substances and in connection with the obligation to pass on information about appropriate choices and their safe use, we asked our suppliers whether they products were subject to REACH provisions. By the end of 2011 we received the declarations of most ABC Data suppliers confirming that the goods purchased by us do not contain chemical substances that could be intentionally emitted in normal or predictable conditions of use. In the case of particularly dangerous substances, whose candidate list was published by the European Chemicals Agency on 28 October 2008, we are at the stage of compiling all the suitable documents from our suppliers. We will make sure to keep our Clients up-to-date about all the forthcoming information connected with implementing the REACH regulation at our company. At present we can assure that we do not predict any restrictions as regards the availability of particular products included in the ABC Data offer.