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Updated on September 7, 2016

Recycling Activities in Europe

Take-back legislation in Europe—in particular, the European Union (EU) Directives on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) , Batteries*1 and Packaging*2—requires manufacturers to organize and finance the collection and recycling of end-of-life products and packaging.

Sony takes full responsibility for its take-back obligations in all those European countries where it has sales bases.*3
In December 2002, Sony joined forces with Braun GmbH, AB Electrolux and Hewlett Packard Europe S.A., to form the European Recycling Platform (ERP). The aim of ERP was to establish efficient and cost-effective systems for the collection and recycling of end-of-life electrical and electronic products to enable member companies to fulfill their obligations as manufacturers.
In European countries where it is not using ERP's services, Sony cooperates with authorized recycling organizations that undertake recycling in lieu of manufacturers to ensure its products are recycled in a manner that complies with the WEEE directive or related legislation and regulations in each country. In 2015, Sony financed the cost of recycling around 40,261 tons*4 of waste electrical and electronics products in Europe.

*1
Directive on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators
*2
Directive on packaging and packaging waste
*3
Sony has sales bases in the following European countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
*4
The figure for Europe does not include Belgium and the Netherlands for fiscal 2015. For Portugal, packaging data are excluded.

Sony's WEEE Directive Compliance System

  • Sony's WEEE Directive Compliance System
Sony utilizes ERP's services for WEEE collection and recycling in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. ERP conducts regular on-site audits of all contracted recyclers to ensure compliance with the WEEE directive as well as to prevent illegal shipments of WEEE outside the EU. Sony discloses, for all of its products placed on the market in Europe, information on substances and components that require special treatment to facilitate safe recycling.

Sony's Battery Compliance System

  • Sony's Battery Compliance
The EU battery directive enacted in September 2008 replaced existing national legislation and expanded mandatory producer take-back and recycling of batteries for the entire EU. The directive encompasses all types of batteries. Sony complies with this directive by making use of the ERP and other battery recycling services.

Sony's Packaging Compliance System

  • Sony's Packaging Compliance
In numerous European countries, producers are legally obliged to collect and recycle waste packaging. Sony fulfills this obligation through participation in authorized collection and recycling organizations wherever applicable.
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