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Recycling and EU WEEE Directive

We’re working to minimise the impact of our electric products

We are committed to minimising the impact of our operations and products.  As a global manufacturer, we comply with global product-related regulations and work with our suppliers and customers to help ensure that our products improve safety and can be managed in an environmentally sound way.  

We work to limit the environmental impact of our electronic products and take the principles of extended producer responsibility seriously, incorporating them into our day-to-day business.  

Taking account of the environment is a part of our design process. Four characteristics guide our design teams during their work: energy efficiency, resource efficiency, recycling and compliance with regulations. Our Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) process is used to gather information about the potential environmental impact of a product. This process takes place on selected products and the assessments adhere to the ISO 14040/14044 standards.

We support the requirements of the EU WEEE Directive

The EU Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE, Directive 2012/19/EU) establishes common rules for the management of electrical and electronic equipment and how to minimise its impact on the environment—from design until disposal. As a manufacturer of electrical and electronic equipment, we actively support the requirements of the WEEE Directive. Where possible, we run individual take-back programmes or partner with government-approved agencies to collect, treat, recover and dispose of waste electrical and electronic equipment, batteries and packaging. We encourage all our customers and end users to make responsible decisions when it comes to the disposal of products.

Marking our products

In compliance with the EU standard EN 50419 for the marking of electrical and electronic equipment, we include the crossed-out wheeled bin symbol on our products. This symbol alerts users that these products should be recycled in accordance with local environmental regulations (and not discarded with household waste). When you recycle WEEE you are helping to ensure that they are neither incinerated nor sent to landfills, thereby minimising the potential negative impact on human health and the environment.


The crossed-out wheeled bin symbol indicates that waste electrical and electronic equipment as well as waste batteries and accumulators should not be discarded together with unseparated household waste, but must be collected separately. The product should be handed in for recycling in accordance with the local environmental regulations for waste disposal. By separating waste electrical and electronic equipment as well as waste batteries and accumulators, you will help reduce the volume of waste sent for incineration or land-fills and minimize any potential negative impact on human health and environment.

Eaton Electrical Systems Ltd
WEEE Registration Number: 419WB
Producer Responsibility Organization: WEEE Ireland