The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is a European Directive which requires producers to make arrangements for the collection and recycling of WEEE. The Directive is transposed into national law by EU Member States. Switzerland is not a member of the European Union or of the European Economic Area, and therefore has no obligation to follow EU policy.
Producer responsibility for the take-back of electrical and electronic equipment in Switzerland is covered by the Ordinance on the Return, Take-back and Disposal of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (ORDEE). The Ordinance came into force on July 1st 1998 and an amendment came into force in January 2005 which extended the scope of the Ordinance to increase the number of categories of electrical and electronic equipment which are covered.
Sales of Corning equipment are covered by the requirements of ORDEE. The distributor of Corning products must therefore provide arrangements for the take-back and disposal of Corning electrical and electronic equipment once this becomes waste.
As part of the regulatory system in Switzerland, the Swiss authorities have approved two collective compliance schemes, SENS and SWICO. Between them SENS and SWICO account for all WEEE collection and recycling in Switzerland. Corning has decided to provide take-back and disposal arrangements on behalf of its distributors in Switzerland and has joined compliance scheme SWICO.