Collection and Recycling Arrangements in Switzerland
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.
The requirements of ORDEE are different from the requirements of the
WEEE Directive. In particular, the categories of equipment which are
covered by ORDEE do not include any of the types of equipment produced
by Zimmer. ORDEE does not place any requirements on Zimmer, or any
dealers of Zimmer products, to provide collection and recycling of
waste electrical and electronic equipment in Switzerland.
United Kingdom (English)
Collection and Recycling Arrangements in the United Kingdom
Under the proposed UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
(WEEE) Regulations, for equipment that you buy from Zimmer after
August 2005, Zimmer is required to provide arrangements for 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 Zimmer replaces is referred to
as Historic WEEE.
Under the UK WEEE Regulations, Zimmer is also required to provide
arrangements for the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of
any new electrical and electronic equipment that you buy from them
after August 2005, when that new equipment eventually becomes waste.
This is referred to as New WEEE.
Zimmer is required to provide these arrangements starting from 1
Zimmer is an environmentally responsible company. We have decided to
provide WEEE collection and recycling arrangements for all Zimmer
electrical and electronic equipment, regardless of when it was
purchased and when it became waste.
Our approach to share the new environmental costs are:
You pay for transportation of your WEEE to Zimmers’s appointed
recycler in the UK
Zimmer pays for the costs of treatment, recycling and recovery of
the WEEE to meet the targets set by the UK WEEE
Zimmer pays for the costs of data management and reporting to the
Environment Agency to demonstrate compliance with all
administrative requirements of the UK WEEE Regulations
Zimmer 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 the UK. All New WEEE that arises from the purchase of
Zimmer products is classed as non-hazardous waste and does not contain
Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) to class it as hazardous WEEE. As
the waste holder, it is your responsibility to confirm that the waste
Zimmer equipment has not become hazardous during the product use. For
example, if the equipment has become contaminated during use, please
follow the recommended decontamination procedure.
It is your responsibility to arrange and pay for costs of collection
and transportation to the recycler. To request collection and
transport of WEEE, please use the following link:
For further information please contact EARN directly by email:
Customers sending medical electrical and electronic equipment for
recycling are advised that all returned items must be certified as
clean and free from infectious materials. A complete decontamination
must be performed on all equipment suspected of being infected.
Failure to carry out decontamination of this equipment will mean the
EARN recycling facility in your country will not be able to accept the
equipment you send to them for recycling.
Zimmer recommends that customers follow an appropriate local
decontamination procedure for equipment suspected of being infected.
The Certification of Decontamination should be signed off and attached
to the outside of the box for transport. The Certificate of
Decontamination for Zimmer customers can be downloaded by clicking on
the link below:
Certificate of Decontamination