Acer is fully aware of the potential impact our products may have on the environment. Hence, our product design takes into consideration the ways to reduce environmental loading from the outset of production, in addition to user needs, functionality and added value.
International environmental regulations can roughly be divided into three categories: chemicals, energy efficiency, and recycling. Acer follows this model by evaluating the green product in terms of materials, energy, and recycling and set up the Green Product Policy as following:
Based on the life cycle concept, we offer high-quality products that are energy and resource efficient, low in pollutants and hazardous substances, and easy to recycle.
By employing green purchasing and communications with our suppliers we have been able to establish a green supply chain that is thoroughly in line with international environmental practice.
We carefully consider environmental factors in every stage of the product life cycle. This includes selecting materials during design, through packaging and shipping, to usage and recycling. We hope to work with consumers to reduce environmental impact.
Our green product policy states:
Use of Post-Consumer Recycled Plastics
Acer supports the concept of resource recycling, and as such we actively strive to use post-consumer recycled plastics (PCR) in our products. At the same time, with regard to the materials that are most likely to create problems of pollution or occupational safety in the recycling process, we work with plastics manufacturers and upstream recyclers to conform to international standards of quality, environmental safety, occupational health and safety, and standards of Responsible Recycling (R2), earning international export licenses and recycling service provision qualifications from local governments.
When deciding on machinery and proportion of PCR during the planning of products, we are careful in our selection of suppliers; for new products using post-consumer recycled plastics, we strive to stay as close as possible to the physical properties of our materials during formulation; in the design process, we focus on improving strength and reliability, and in product testing we have added stronger tests of strength, reliability, and lifespan to ensure product quality. This means that users can not only enjoy products made of quality recycled plastics, but also join Acer in supporting the use of reused or recycled materials.
Between 2013 and 2015, Acer continued to expand the use of PCR material for displays and All-in-One PCs. We are also continuing to find new ways to increase the proportion of our products made using PCRs.
Acer Product Modules Using PCRs
Chemical Management and Plans
Restricted Chemical Substances Management
Acer is strongly committed to the protection of human health and the conservation of the environment. As to uphold the spirit of the precautionary principle, we abide by all regulatory standards concerning particular chemical substances and demand our suppliers to follow the “Guidance of Restricted Substances in Products” established by Acer to ban or restrict to use chemical substances.
We adopt the principle of early prevention, assessing all potential hazards and chemical substances that may impact the environment:
Acer strictly forbids continued use of substances that have been confirmed by authorized appraisal agencies to cause irreversible damage to the ecosystem or human health.
If current scientific technology is unable to confirm certain substances to cause irreversible effects, Acer proactively assesses whether it should continue using such substances.
Until a safer, more suitable substance is made available in the future, Acer will continue to use the substitute. In the meantime, Acer will actively research and develop safer and more suitable substitutes.
In the case of a dispute, Acer takes responsibility by proactively gathering and providing related proof.
Response to the European Union RoHS Directive
Since the European Union’s (EU) promulgation of the RoHS directive, Acer has established environmental safety teams at Acer’s headquarters in Taiwan. The primary tasks of this organization are to stay abreast of related regulations and information in each EU nation. This team is responsible for providing guidance, inventorying raw materials used in manufacture, switching to alternative materials, and verifying their effectiveness for each product line and each supplier of principal components. Since 1st July, 2006, all of Acer’s products have been RoHS compliant globally.
For recast of RoHS in 2010, Acer has supported the proposal of organo-Cl/Br-free RoHS version, but it has not been adopted. Acer will keep watching the development of future recast to have early involvement of new materials and work on relevant strategies in time.
In 2011, RoHS recast (RoHS 2) Directive 2011/65/EU is announced on 8th June, which enlarges the product scope and introduces the conformity process in harmonization with CE marking methodology. Acer updates related management process in each product line during the transportation period, and since 3rd January 2013, all of Acer’s products have been RoHS 2 compliant globally. In 2015, EU commission has published a new Directive (EU) 2015/863 to amend Annex II to EU RoHS 2 (Directive 2011/65/EU) to add 4 phthalates (DEHO, BBP, DBP and DIBP) onto the list of restricted substances and will be restricted from 22 July 2019.
Our Response to REACH
REACH (which stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals) is the name for the European Union’s recent chemicals policy, contained in Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 which entered into force on June 1, 2007 (REACH Regulation). REACH places greater responsibility on industry to manage the risks that chemicals may pose to human health and the environment. Under the regulation, certain chemical substances, either by themselves, in compositions or in articles may not be manufactured or placed on the market within the European Union unless they have been registered in accordance with the relevant provisions where this is required. The REACH Regulation is based on the principle that it is for manufacturers, importers and downstream users to ensure that they manufacture, place on the market or, respectively, use such substances that do not adversely affect human health or the environment. Its provisions are underpinned by the precautionary principle which is consistent with Acer’s concept for chemical substances management.
Per paragraph 1 of article 7 of the regulation, any producer or importer of articles shall submit a registration to the European Chemicals Agency (“ECHA or Agency”) for any substance contained in those articles, if both the following conditions are met:
the substance is present in those articles in quantities totaling over 1 ton per producer or importer per year;
the substance is intended to be released under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use.
Through preliminary assessment and expert consultation it has been determined that our products do not release the substances under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use. Therefore, Acer will not submit a registration to ECHA.
Per paragraph 2 of article 7 of the regulation, any producer or importer of articles shall notify the Agency, in accordance with paragraph 4 of this Article, if a substance meets the criteria in Article 57 and is identified in accordance with Article 59(1), if both the following conditions are met:
the substance is present in those articles in quantities totaling over 1 ton per producer or importer per year;
the substance is present in those articles above a concentration of 0,1 % weight by weight (w/w).
On October 28, 2008, ECHA first listed 15 substances in the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern for authorization. The list of substances is updated regularly on ECHA's website. Substances that are included in the Candidate List have been identified as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). These substances may have very serious and often irreversible effects on human health and the environment. Substances on the Candidate List may subsequently become subject to authorization by decision of the European Commission. Acer keeps close attention on the new development of the SVHCs and the Authorization List.
ECHA recommended that seven chemical substances of very high concern should not be used without specific authorization on June 1, 2009, The list of substances is updated regularly on ECHA's website. Those listed substances may not be used within 42 to 48 months after the inclusion date. Acer will monitor further developments to provide necessary implementation measures with suppliers. Once substances are included in the "Authorization List," Acer will view them as restricted substances from such moment on and request suppliers to analyze the availability of alternatives and consider their risks, and the technical and economic feasibility of their substitution. For more information about REACH Authorisation List, please visit ECHA.
Based on Acer's proactive attitude for environmental protection, Acer manages hazardous substances beyond RoHS compliance and develops HSF management schemes following the precautionary principle. To fulfill such principle, we conducted a full inventory together with suppliers for SVHCs and found Acer products contained no SVHCs over 0.1% (w/w). Acer will keep working with the suppliers to seek out any SVHCs contained in our products, and those containing more than 0.1% will be updated onto our website information accordingly.
Hazardous Substance Free Plan (HSF Plan)
We believe that the green product design should contain three key elements – materials, energy and recycling – to develop product with life cycle thinking. Therefore, we work in coordination with international mandates, stakeholders and customers to conduct environmentally friendly designs and maximize eco-effectiveness. Based on the precautionary principle and the Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR), we have started the first phase of the Hazardous Substance Free (HSF) plan for PVC, BFR and phthalates to alleviate the hazardous problems of waste electronics in recycling stage globally. The key factors for alternative substances is that they must not detrimentally influence new product quality, safety, reliability, and they must not endanger human health or pose worse environmental impacts.
We are striving to reach the target of prohibiting the use of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), BFRs (brominated flame retardants) in all newly personal and mobile computing products by working with partners and suppliers. Since its inception from 2005, the HSF Plan has completed a number of programs. After HSF pilot runs for many products, most technical problems have been solved; therefore, many HSF products (with BFRs-free PWBs and casings) have been produced and launched to the market. When technologies were ready for a total phasing in of PVC/ BFRs-free models in 2009, most key component suppliers delayed because the market and the other major brand companies extended their schedule for phasing in, the suppliers would not phase in without additional cost. This change was far beyond our expectation and interrupted Acer’s commitments to phase in PVC/ BFRs-free products. Nevertheless, Acer is still trying to increase PVC/BFRs-free products within business tolerance.
As such, Acer hopes that influential regulations can help to restrict PVC/BFRs; the EU directive RoHS might be the most important one. Regulations to prohibit halogen containing products are now critical. If such a regulation can be predicted, the supply chain and the market will go for non-halogen products before the effective date of regulation. This is the quick solution for widely accepted halogen-free products and for the problem that Acer encountered. To aggressively support organo-Cl/Br-free version of RoHS 2.0 revision, Acer attended the Symposium on Global ICT Environmental Initiatives held by Intel and iNEMI in Brussels on October 27-28, 2009. In November 2009, Acer visited Brussels to attend the meeting of organo-Cl/Br-free RoHS version 2.0 and conference of Greening Consumer Electronics-from Hazardous Material to Sustainable Solution. In April 2010, Acer again visited Brussels to attend a meeting with the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, in concern with the development of organo-Cl/Br-free RoHS version 2.0. We discussed Acer’s determination to support the organo-Cl/Br-free RoHS version with key EU personnel during the visits. In May 2010, Acer and e nvironmental organizations sent position statements to MEPs and members of the Council of the EU, urging them to restrict more hazardous substances in electronic products in 2015 to avoid more global dioxin formation. Acer will keep evaluating the possibility to join other meetings or groups to support the organo-Cl/Br free RoHS.
In order to comply with regulatory requirements and customer standards, Acer integrates environmental and safety-related standards into the product R&D stage, and through rigorous review processes, ensures that the production processes of suppliers are also in line with environmental and safety requirements. And to help users fully understand the safe use of Acer products and how to properly recycle them, Acer includes explanations in product manuals and provides them for download on the company’s official website.
To protect the health and safety of users and reduce potential environmental risks, Acer strives for prudence in its management of chemicals in materials. In addition to adhering to regulatory restrictions on the use of chemical substances, we also proactively work to meet the needs and demands of each regional market, including those environmental certifications that focus on the limited use and traceability of substances, e.g. Taiwan Green Mark, China Environmental Labeling, the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), and TCO Certification.
We pay close attention to international environmental law and have taken the initiative in managing chemical substances that may pose a threat to human health or the environment. Since 2009, we have continued to voluntarily promote the production of notebooks, desktops, displays, and smartphones that do not include polyvinyl chlorides (PVCs) or brominated flame retardants (BFRs), as well as continuing to move forward on dehalogenization. In 2012, we added to our product environmental safety specifications limiting the use of seven phthalates that could potentially have an impact on human health; in 2013, we added two further phthalate limits, as well as completing surveys into the use of five chemical substances - beryllium, antimony, arsenic, selenium, and bismuth - in our notebook computers. In 2015, we added further restrictions, introducing limits on the use of two more phthalates, along with sulfur and red phosphorus.
In 2014, together with the Canada Gov. Gazette (Vol. 147, No. 28 - July 13, 2013), Acer completed a survey on the usage of phthalates, learning that although only a portion of phthalates are prohibited by law, there remain potential environmental risks in the usage of other phthalates. In response, Acer included “Phthalate Usage Disclosure” as a new item for assessment in the Supplier CSR Scorecard since 2014 Dec., encouraging suppliers to give priority to materials not containing phthalates and thus helping promote the de-phthalatization of our products.
PVC/BFR-free Product Line from 2010 to 2015*
*Desktop computers exclude power cables, keyboards, and mice; Smartphones exclude accessories; displays exclude FFC LVDS cables
Restricted Substances in Products
The use of the substances listed in the following table is strictly prohibited in any of the products (including product packaging and parts):
The specific substance content in all future products shall confine within threshold limits. At this stage, suppliers should disclose the concentration and which parts used. Substances listed in the following table are handled based on prevention principles. They are placed on a disclosure substance list for review from which a schedule is then drawn up for phasing out their use. The execution of the schedule then proceeds with verification, technological analysis and substitute material testing according to the HSF plan. Testing is conducted to determine whether any substitute technology will influence the quality, safety and reliability of finished products as well as to determine any possible adverse effects on human health or the environment.
We launched the “Sustainable Paper and Packaging Policy” in 2012 in order to enhance the sustainability of global forest ecosystems. Acer understands that deforestation will cause serious impact to the ecosystem stability and we recognize and appreciate the efforts that undertaken to protect biodiversity. Acer prohibits all business relationships with suppliers that are involved in deforestation and illegal logging. We only permit the sourcing of supplies from non-controversial sources and responsibly managed forests.
Acer incorporates the below principles to strengthen the responsibility of our products, as well as Acer office, commercial printing, and also seeks to encourage our suppliers to adopt the same principles to promote the conservation effects of the whole value chain:
Obtain raw materials from legal sources. Suppliers shall not violate forest conservation laws or being involved in illegal practices in the nations and regions where they conduct business.
Maximize the use of eco-friendly paper products in all operations, including the use of recycled content, recyclable, and renewable materials with the goal of achieving a low environmental impact throughout the entire life cycle.
Minimize the consumption of paper products containing virgin wood fiber.
As to the packaging, Acer applies the four major principles to guide our product packaging design:
Optimizing Packaging Design and Using Environmentally Friendly Materials
We actively pursue reductions in packaging volume and weight through principles like simplified packaging, unified package dimensions, and minimized printing. These principles also help reduce the fuel consumption involved in transportation. While our notebooks, for example, may be of differing sizes, our consistency of box type and dimensions has facilitated greater commonality of use and reduced stagnancy of materials. We also place great emphasis on recyclability. Since 2013, we have transitioned the interior packaging of over 70% of new notebook models from folded cardboard to molded recycled paper; this percentage grew to 85% in 2014, and then further to 92% in 2015. The molded pulp used in this packaging continues to be made of 90% recycled paper. All of the brochures included with products are produced with Forest Stewardship Council certified paper, while all printing uses environmentally friendly water-based and soy inks.
Percentage of Models Using Molded Pulp
Percentage of Recycled Paper in Molded Pulp Materials
Improved from 80% to 90%
As for our desktop products, to reduce the potential harm to the environment of non-biodegradable, bulky polystyrene (Styrofoam), we require suppliers to use less physically bulky inflatable packaging material- the air bags, greatly reducing the space occupied by wastes while also reducing the cost of transportation for recycling. The air bags consist of inflated, vacuum-sealed, lightweight bags assembled to create a protective buffer for the products. In 2016, Acer will study the expanded use of these air bags, including improvements to the shape of the bags and their buffering capability. We hope to be able to use these for packaging computers with larger form factors, replacing Styrofoam.
Product Transportation Principles
Every day, tens of thousands of Acer products make their way to consumers' hands. As such, we strive to reduce the volume and weight of our packaging, thus improving transportation efficiency and reducing the fuel consumed in the course of transport. This helps further reduce the carbon emissions generated during transport, while also reducing the overall cost of that transport. We have reduced CO2 emissions through the following three principles:
Increasing Loading Efficiency
In our maritime shipping, in order to reduce the number of containers required and the number of trips needed, we raised container loading rate by increasing the target of loading rate. For example, the container loading rate of Pan America shipment for 20ft and 40ft containers was raised to 90% from 60% and 80% respectively. Besides, we adjusted merged shipment limitation for Asian shipment to allow a certain period of shipments of same destination port to be combined. Furthermore, we refined pallet loading process to allow different products to be combined in one pallet to reduce the number of pallets shipped.
Changing Shipping Modes and Improving Supply Chain Management
We have reduced the amount of air shipping used and increased the percentage of rail shipping; compared with 2014, in 2015 we accomplished a 1% decrease in air shipping. In notebook transportation, we accomplished a 17% reduction in air shipping for China domestic shipments, and a 17% increase in rail shipping from Chongqing to Europe. Together with our partners, we have adjusted our container shipping management, enabling us to handle empty container deliveries at our Chongqing production site and eliminating the 1800-plus-kilometers of overland transportation between Shenzhen and Chongqing. In 2015, the Chongqing site directly handled some 36% more in empty container deliveries than in 2014.
Product Environmental Information
Providing environmental information about products is a responsibility that all corporations must assume. The primary objective is to keep consumers informed about environmental information regarding the products they purchase.
Ecodesign requirements for energy-related products (ErP)
Since 1st July 2014, the EU COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 617/2013 stipulate manufacturers of computers and computer servers, falling into its product scope, to provide technical documentation and make publicly available on free-access websites for the following information:
Power management and energy-saving performance
To comply with the requirement of point 7, INFORMATION TO BE PROVIDED BY MANUFACTURERS, of Annex II of (EU) No. 617/2013, Acer provides technical documentation on free-access local website for all notebook, desktop, All-in-One PC, and tablet computer subject to the regulatory product scope for European market.
As part of our commitment to energy conservation, carbon reduction and sustainability, Acer has always focused on the energy-saving design of our products. ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency.
Among ENERGY STAR specifications, those related to Acer products are computers (including laptops, desktops and all-in-one PCs) and displays.
Please visit Energy Star official site to learn more and updated details for Acer products which has earned ENERGY STAR.
The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) was developed by the US government to help purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select notebook PCs, desktop computers and monitors based on their environmental attributes in 2006. With the international registry expansion, EPEAT now makes it easy for purchasers in the following 43 countries around the world:
EPEAT has divided product environmental attributes into eight major categories with 51 criteria; 23 criteria are required and the remaining 28 are optional. Products that meet all 23 required criteria would be awarded the Bronze status; products that meet all 23 required criteria and 50% of the optional criteria would be award the Silver status and those that meet all 23 required criteria along with 75% of the optional criteria would be awarded the Gold status. Please visit www.epeat.net for more details or to search for registered Acer products in each country.
The problem of treating the waste of electronic and electrical products has already become among the most pressing international environmental protection issues. It is also a major environmental concern at Acer.
During our product design, we strive to reduce the environmental impact of the product at each stage of its life cycle by eco-design and aiming to design environmentally friendly, easily recycled products. Through both voluntary and legally required recycling programs, we provide consumers with compliant, convenient recycling channels and promote recycling and reuse of ICT products. Acer’s products embody the concepts of individual producer responsibility (IPR) as we endeavor to reduce our environmental impact to societies, communities and pledge to work with stakeholders like governments, consumers and retailers to undertake responsibility for the recycling and management of e-waste.
Response to the European Union WEEE Directive
The European Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive entered into force on 13th August 2005, and its recast Directive 2012/19/EU transposes into member state’s law, regulations, and administrative provision since 14th February 2014. The Directive focuses on the precautionary prevention of the impact of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), and in addition, the reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery of such wastes so as to raise the ratio of resource regeneration and to abate the environmental damage by such waste products. Furthermore, responsibilities for the environmental improvement are given to the operators involved in the life cycle of electrical and electronic equipment, e.g. producers, distributors, consumers and operators for WEEE treatment, as to improve environmental performance.
Based on the extended producers’ responsibilities for recycling and compliance with the EU’s WEEE Directive and each nation’s regulations, Acer has initiated the planning for recycling of waste products and has joined the local recycling systems in European countries. Therefore, for customers who wish to declare any IT products unserviceable, we advise them to contact qualified local recyclers to ensure proper waste treatment.
Member States shall encourage the designer and producer to provide electrical and electronic equipments of easy disassemble and recycling. In this context, Member States shall take appropriate measures so that producers do not prevent, through specific design features or manufacturing processes, WEEE from being reused, unless such specific design features or manufacturing processes present overriding advantages, for example, with regard to the protection of the environment and/or safety requirements. Acer supports the concept of environmentally friendly sustainability and believes that this will place “easily recyclable design considerations” as an important feedback mechanism directly reflected in product design. Acer continues to work toward easy-disassemble product designs.
According to WEEE Annex VII, as a minimum, 15 items of substances, preparations and components have to be removed from any separately collected WEEE. Three items should be treated by following standard disposals:
Cathode ray tubes: The fluorescent coating has to be removed.
Equipment containing gases that are ozone depleting or have a global warming potential (GWP) above 15: the gases must be properly extracted and properly treated. Ozone-depleting gases must be treated in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 2037/2000 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 June 2000 on substances that deplete the ozone layer.
Gas discharge lamps: The mercury shall be removed.
Information for Users
Valuable metals presence in electrical and electronic products, such as copper and gold presence in PCB plates, and a few electrical and electronic components necessarily disposed by special manners (as shown in WEEE Annex VII), could be worthy resources when properly separated or environmentally hazardous materials when disposed improperly. (For example, the combustion of PCB plates might produce toxic dioxin and furan.) Therefore, the end-of-life electronic products should not be treated as unsorted electronic waste and should be collected separately and specially for reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery in order to achieve resource sustaining, environmental protection and preservation of human’s health.
As WEEE is sent to the collection systems, it will be disassembled to recycle the reusable components and to remove the substances, preparations and components shown in Annex VII. The WEEE will be then pulverized, classified and sorted out to recycle valuable metals (such as iron, copper, aluminum) and plastics for reuse. The unclassified materials can also be regenerated by other forms of recovery to raise their recycling value.
The key point of return and collection of WEEE to special recycling systems is the product consumer or user, who is the controller to send WEEE to the right places. Accordingly, if there is any IT product to be discarded, please send it to local qualified recycling system to ensure proper recycling of IT wastes.
Symbol for the Marking of Electrical and Electronic Equipment
The WEEE Directive requires producers to mark electrical and electronic equipment put on the market after August 13, 2005 with a 'crossed-out wheeled bin' symbol. This is for reminding consumers not to dispose of WEEE as unsorted municipal waste and to collect such WEEE separately. Please check local regulations for disposal of electronic products.
Symbol for the marking of electrical and electronic equipment
Information for Treatment Facilities
In order to facilitate reuse and collection of WEEE, including maintenance, upgrade, refurbishment and recycling, Acer following the WEEE Directive will provide reuse and treatment information for each type of new EEE within one year after the equipment is put on the market. Acer reaches out to shoulder the manufacturers’ product recycling responsibilities. Acer complies with the EU’s WEEE Directive and each nation’s laws requiring participation in recycling systems, as well as planning for recycling of waste products. The following information concerning resource recycling information in Taiwan, Europe, U.S. & Canada, Japan and India is compiled below for consumers’ reference.
Recycling of waste IT products in Taiwan is handled through a publicly managed and operated system. Operators receive fees from the Resource Recycling Management Fund based on annual operation volumes and recycling clearance and disposal rates. The Recycling Fund Management Board under the Environmental Protection Administration, Executive Yuan, is in charge of determining recyclables, issuing treatment subsidies, auditing and verifying treatment volumes, and managing recyclers’ treatment and administrative operations. Taiwan offers a wide spectrum of waste IT product recycling channels, able to utilize clean-up teams, second-hand goods operators, resource recycling organizations, and recycling locations established at IT product retail sales sites. Acer coordinates efforts with Taiwan’s recycling system by not only making annual payments to the Resource Recycling Management Fund, but also participating in public hearings on recycling, clearance and treatment fee rates to better understand Resource Recycling Management Fund operations and provide suggestions on recycling, clearance and treatment fee rate adjustments. For information about resource recycling in Taiwan, please refer to the EPA’s Recycling Fund Management Board website:
In Europe, we have planned our products and components recycling schemes in accordance with EU directives. Components that are recycled separately include the main unit of the product, batteries, secondary batteries, and packaging. By integrating our recycling channels with local systems we guarantee our customers that their Acer product will be properly disposed of. Our battery recycling program, for example, covers 3 aspects. First, we do not use mercury, cadmium, lead, or similar hazardous substances. Second, the design of our products ensures that batteries are easily identifiable and detachable. Third, clearly indicating the position of the battery and its type in the product disassembly guide facilitates the easy removal of the battery and its proper recycling. As for packaging, we have endeavored to make it as lightweight as possible to save resources, and restricted the use of heavy metals materials in manufacture. The packaging is also stamped with a recycling symbol and logo of the materials it is composed of. See our recycling channels at Recycling Channel Contact Information for European Nations.
Acer America offers its customers recycling services for all Acer products sold there. Acer America not only complies with all state and federal recycling regulations in the U.S. and Canada but also cooperates with private recyclers to offer consumers even more recycling options. The options and private operators include:
National postal recycling service
Cinco Electronics Recycling Dealtree
National or local designated location recycling service
Manufacturers are asked to shoulder product recycling and handling duties in accordance with Japan’s Law for Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources. Acer Japan thus honors local laws to join the local PC recycling organization-PC3R Promotion Association as a partnering member. Should you wish to declare any Acer products unserviceable, please contact PC3R Promotion Association and Acer Japan at the following websites:
Disposing of e-waste is a major environmental issue for developing nations in South America and South Asia. In order to minimize the chances of e-waste being improperly disposed of there, we have set up the Acer India e-Waste Programme to offer free recycling of Acer products. Customers first register for the program either via the Acer India website or by e-mail. They can then mail their unwanted product to one of Acer India's centers for recycling. Products that can currently be recycled include PCs, notebooks, monitor screens, projectors, and servers. Please see Acer India e-Waste Program
Response to European Battery Directive
The Directive of Batteries and Accumulators and Waste Batteries and Accumulators (2006/66/EC) entered into force on September 26, 2008. The intention of this Directive is to establish rules for prohibition of placing on the market batteries and accumulators containing hazardous substances, and to establish specific rules for the collection, treatment, recycling and disposal of waste batteries and accumulators to promote a high level of collection and recycling of waste batteries and accumulators. This Directive shall apply to all types of batteries and accumulators, regardless of their shape, volume, weight, material composition or use (except those with military purposes and those designed to be sent into space)
From September 26, 2008, prohibition on the placing on the market of:
All batteries or accumulators, whether or not incorporated into appliances, that contain more than 0.0005 % of mercury by weight (except button cells with a mercury content of no more than 2 % by weight)
Portable batteries or accumulators, including those incorporated into appliances that contain more than 0.002% of cadmium by weight
Based on the pollution prevention principle, Acer avoids using hazardous materials from design phase of a product such as mercury, cadmium and lead. Therefore, all Acer products comply with the requirement of the Battery Directive.
In product recycling phase, batteries on the list of Annex VII of WEEE are required to be treated separately. Due to Acer’s Individual Producer Responsibility concept, the product parts listed in the Annex VII shall be designed in a way as easy-to-identify and easy-to-disassemble and shall be described in Disassembly Instructions for their locations and types. The waste batteries are thus can be easily and safely removed and recycled.
Information for users
Batteries contain liquid, acid and metals. The landfill of these materials together with municipal waste will leach out waste liquid, acid and heavy metals to pollute the soil and groundwater, or lead to further poisoning of the human body. The incineration of them will also have heavy metal contamination in the air or in the ashes. The secondary pollution will reach also to the soil and the groundwater. If batteries are recycled properly, the valuable resource can be reused again and the impact of the hazardous materials can also be minimized. Therefore, the waste batteries and accumulators shall not be placed in landfill or incinerated. Instead, they shall be collected and treated separately from municipal waste to professional recycling facilities in order to reserve resources and to protect human health and the environment.
The batteries into the recycling facilities will be then be disassembled, pulverized, classified and sorted out to recycle valuable metals (such as lithium, zinc, manganese, nickel, cobalt and iron). The unclassified materials can also be regenerated by other forms of recovery to raise their recycling value. But the key point of return and collection of waste batteries to professional recycling facilities is the product consumer, who is the controller to send batteries to the right places.
To comply with the EU’s Battery Directive and each nation’s regulations, Acer has initiated the planning for recycling of waste batteries and has joined the local recycling systems in European countries. Batteries for discarding should be sent to the local franchisee or qualified recycling system to ensure proper recycling of waste batteries. Please see Recycling Channel Contact Information for European Nations.
Symbols for batteries, accumulators and battery packs
The symbol indicating ‘separate collection’ for all batteries and accumulators shall be the crossed-out wheeled bin shown below. It is to remind consumers not to dispose waste batteries and accumulators together with municipal waste.
Symbols for batteries, accumulators and battery packs for separate collection
All batteries, accumulators or bottom cells that contain mercury more than 0.0005%, cadmium more than 0.002% or lead more than 0.004% shall be labeled with the chemical symbols of the heavy metals (Hg, Cd, or Pb) under the crossed-out wheeled bin symbols.