E-waste in Europe: Sweden

E-waste in Europe: Sweden

Collection and Recycling Arrangements

Collection and Recycling Arrangements in Sweden

Under the Sweden Regulation on Producer Responsibility for Electrical and Electronic Equipment which came into force on August 13th 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 the waste electrical and electronic equipment (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 Regulation, TE is also 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 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 Swedish Regulations;
  • TE pays for the costs of data management and reporting to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency to demonstrate compliance with all administrative requirements of the Swedish Regulations;
  • you pay for transportation of your WEEE to TE 's appointed recycler in Sweden.

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 Sweden. 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 the Swedish Waste Ordinance (2001:1063) requirements for waste disposal, you should use one of the following carriers (which hold a valid Waste Carriers licence).

Waste Carrier Website
Transfargo www.transfargo.se

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 Sweden is

Recycler Telephone  Number Website
Stena Technoworld  +46 457 817 06  www.stenametall.com

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

Recycling label for Sweden