Corning equipment is sold in Ireland by distributors. The distributor imports the equipment into Ireland. Thus the distributor has the legal responsibility to:
- Register as the WEEE producer in Ireland
- Finance arrangements for collection and recycling of WEEE arising from Corning equipment that the distributor sells in Ireland
Under SI 340/2005 Waste Management (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment [WEEE]) Regulations which came into force on August 13th 2005, for equipment that you buy from a Corning distributor after August 13th 2005, the distributor is required to finance 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 the Corning distributor replaces is referred to as Historic WEEE.
Under the Regulations, the distributor is also required to finance the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of any new electrical and electronic equipment that you buy from the distributor after August 13th 2005, when that new equipment eventually becomes waste. This is referred to as New WEEE.
Corning has decided to provide WEEE collection and recycling on behalf of its distributors in Ireland.
Corning products are very competitively priced. Any new increase in operating costs for manufacturers such as Corning is normally reflected in a price increase in the product. However, instead of increasing the prices of our products, Corning 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:
- Corning pays for the costs of treatment, recycling and recovery of the WEEE to meet the targets set by the Waste Management (WEEE) Regulations;
- Corning pays for the costs of data management and reporting to the WEEE Register Society to demonstrate compliance with all administrative requirements of the Waste Management (WEEE) Regulations;
- You pay for transportation of your WEEE to Corning's appointed recycler in Ireland.
Corning 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 Ireland. All New WEEE that arises from the purchase of Corning 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 Waste Management Act 1996, you should use the following carrier (which holds a valid Waste Carriers licence):