Under the Germany Act Governing the Sale, Return and Environmentally Sound Disposal of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (ElektroG) which came into force on 13th August 2005, the financing of collection and recycling of any waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) arising from equipment bought before 13th August 2005 is the customers responsibility. This is regardless of whether the old equipment is being replaced by a new item of equipment purchased from Christie. Waste arising from equipment purchased before 13th August 2005 is referred to as Historic WEEE.
Under the ElektroG Act, Christie is required to finance the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of any new electrical and electronic equipment that you buy from Christie after 13th August 2005, when that new equipment eventually becomes waste. This is referred to as New WEEE. Customers using Christie products should note that producer responsibility obligations to take back New WEEE do not begin in full in Germany until 24th March 2006.
Often when manufacturers and suppliers experience an increase in their operational costs, these costs are passed on to the customer and reflected in an increased market price for their goods and services or even the introduction of hidden surcharges. We want Christie products to remain competitively priced and as a company we recognize we have a responsibility to our environment.
We believe our customers' and partners share this view and with this in mind Christie has taken the following approach to the new WEE regulations:
In return we are asking our customers to pay for the cost of transportation of your WEEE to Christie's appointed recycler in Germany and help us better dispose and recycle unwanted, waste electrical and electronic equipment.
Christie has established a recycling contract with the European Advanced Recycling Network (EARN) and will cover any costs of treatment, recycling and recovery of the equipment on arrival at the EARN facility in Germany. In view of the above, all New WEEE that arises from the purchase of Christie products is classed as non-hazardous waste.
It is your responsibility to arrange and pay for costs of collection and transportation to EARN. Under the German ElektroG Regulations, you are free to use any carrier you wish to collect and transport the New WEEE to the EARN recycler.
In order to help EARN identify Christie equipment upon arrival to the recyclers' address, please download the Recycling Label for Germany. Please complete this label with your company details and attach it to a suitable box for transport to EARN.
WEEE Reporting Recycling Data for Christie Equipment in Germany
Under Part 2, Section 13 of ElektroG, Christie must provide annual information of the quantities and categories of electrical and electronic equipment put on the market, reused, recycled and recovered within Germany.
The first WEEE recycling report will cover the period March 2006 to February 2007. EARN will prepare the recycling data report for Christie. Information in the EARN recycling data report will be summarised on the Christie website when it becomes available.