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Recycling (WEEE/E-Waste)

Many countries and U.S. states are actively implementing and/or considering implementation of regulations aimed at mitigating the ever increasing volume of electronic waste (E-Waste) being created around the globe. SGI believes this growing concern is best addressed by going back to the basics of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

We design our products to have long lives in comparison to many other electronic computing products. By making them modular, easily upgradeable, and providing remanufactured product alternatives, we strive to further extend our products useful life. When particular components or systems do reach their end-of-life, we advocate proper handling so that the products are disassembled with maximum reuse, recovery, and recycling, thereby minimizing the impact on landfill and the environment.

E-Waste Regulations

California Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 - Senate Bill 20 amended as Senate Bill 50 (SB20/SB50)
California's E-Waste Recycling Act first took effect on January 1, 2005. This bill requires retailers to collect an electronic waste recycling fee on specific electronic devices sold in the State of California (e.g., CRT and LCD monitors).

SGI has opted to pay this fee on behalf of its California customers that purchase product directly from SGI. SGI complies with the California E-Waste Recycling Act by quarterly remitting fees and reports to the State of California.

In addition, SGI annually notifies the SGI Resellers selling products to end users in the State of California that they may be responsible for collecting and remitting electronic waste recycling fees to the State of California.

SGI customers in California can obtain additional information on recycling options and the California E-Waste Recycling Act at http://www.erecycle.org/.

Maine E-Waste
Maine's E-Waste Act requires all manufacturers to take financial responsibility for the recycling and disposal of their obsolete computer monitors. SGI has on file with State of Maine a "manufacturer plan for the collection and recycling or reuse of computer monitors". In addition, SGI submits annual reports to the State of Maine per their requirements.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

WEEE Directive Compliance
The European Union Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is a Producer Responsibility Directive aimed at reducing the waste from electrical equipment, increasing recovery and recycling rates of WEEE and improving the environmental performance of all operators involved in the life cycle of electrical and electronic equipment. The directive specifies that, for products put on the EU market on or after as of August 13, 2005, manufacturers of specified electronic equipment will be responsible for the collection, recycling and reuse of WEEE products. This can include taking back those products at the end of their useful life.

To comply with the WEEE take back requirements for SGI-branded product sold in the EU after August 13, 2005, SGI has developed a take back program. The take back program utilizes recycling to reduce waste. Under certain circumstances SGI will also take back non-SGI equipment that is "like for like", when it is displaced by new SGI hardware.

WEEE Product Take Back ~ EU Products "put on the market" on or after August 13, 2005
To initiate WEEE product pick up, please contact our EU recycling team. SGI will respond via email with a request number and information regarding which carrier will contact you for product pick up details.

The customer must agree to relinquish ownership or any legal\financial claim to the equipment. The transfer of ownership will take place at the point the goods are tendered to SGI and/or our WEEE Recycler and/or their agent. The appropriate carrier responsible for transporting the equipment and recycling it in accordance with the WEEE directive will contact the customer with specifics regarding product pick up.

Historical WEEE
Historical WEEE includes SGI products put on the EU market prior to August 13, 2005. According to the EU directive, SGI is not responsible for historical WEEE. If you have historical SGI WEEE that you would like to dispose of please submit a request online. SGI will evaluate your request to take historical WEEE, however a WEEE recycling fee may apply.

If a customer chooses not to return the equipment to SGI at the end of its life, the customer shall agree in writing to properly dispose of the equipment, at the customer's cost, and indemnify SGI for any fines and/or penalties.

For more WEEE information, contact our EU recycling team.

Information about recycled materials and recovered e-waste from SGI’s Midwest operations can be found on the Recycling Solutions page.