E-waste in Europe: Poland

E-waste in Europe: Poland

Collection and Recycling Arrangements

Collection and Recycling Arrangements in Poland

Under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Act in Poland which came into force on October 21st 2005, for equipment that you buy from TE after August 13th 2005, TE is required to provide arrangements for the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of WEEE that your new purchase replaces, on a one-for-one, like-for-like basis. The old equipment that your new purchase from TE replaces is referred to as Historic WEEE.

Under the WEEE Act, TE is required to provide arrangements for the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of any new electrical and electronic equipment that you buy from TE after August 13th 2005, when that new equipment eventually becomes waste. This is referred to as New WEEE. TE customers should note that producer responsibility obligations to take back New WEEE in Poland have not yet been finalised.

TE products are very competitively priced. Any new increase in operating costs for manufacturers such as TE is normally reflected in a price increase in the product. However, instead of increasing the prices of our products, TE has decided to share these new environmental costs directly with our customers. We believe in being transparent with you on any new environmental costs that our products need to address. 

Our approach to sharing these new environmental costs is
  • TE pays for the costs of treatment, recycling and recovery of the WEEE to meet the targets set by the WEEE Act;
  • TE pays for the costs of data management and reporting to Chief Inspector of Environmental Protection to demonstrate compliance with all administrative requirements of the WEEE Act;
  • you pay for transportation of your WEEE to TE 's appointed recycler in Poland.

TE 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 recycling facility in Poland. All New WEEE that arises from the purchase of TE products is classed as non-hazardous waste.

It is your responsibility to arrange and pay for costs of collection and transportation to the recycler. In order to meet waste regulations in Poland, you should use one of the following carriers (which will hold a valid Waste Carriers licence prior to producer take-back obligations beginning in Poland).

Waste Carrier Website
Kühne + Nagel www.kn-portal.com

For larger quantities of waste, you may want to contact the recycler directly to arrange and pay for alternative collection methods. The EARN recycling facility in Poland is

Recycler Telephone Number
Stena Zlomet  +48 605 440 504 

In order to help EARN identify TE equipment upon arrival at the recycler's address, please download the Recycling Label for Polish Customers. Complete the label with your company details and attach it to a suitable box for transport to EARN.

Recyclying label for Poland