Oracle's International Electronic Waste Compliance


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The lack of worldwide uniform electronic waste management makes it challenging for Oracle to fulfill its responsibility to properly and safely take back and recycle its Oracle or Sun hardware products. We do our best to comply with local regulations around the world, and among some of the programs with which Oracle complies are:

European Union - Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
European Union (EU) regulations are designed to minimize the volume of  electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) waste disposal. The EU WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC and Recast Directive 2012/19/EU requires producers of electronic equipment to collect, reuse, recycle and appropriately treat WEEE that the producer places on the EU market after August 13, 2005.

If you have purchased Sun-branded electrical or electronic products in the EU on and after August 13, 2005, and are intending to discard these products at the end of their useful life, please do not dispose of them with your other household or municipal waste. Oracle has labeled its Sun brand electronic products with the WEEE label to alert our customers that products bearing this label should not be disposed in a landfill or with municipal or household waste in the EU. Instead, please be aware that Oracle is making a return and collection system available to you, free of charge for discarding these products.

The Oracle WEEE collection process is:

  • New WEEE: Applies to Oracle or Sun-branded electrical or electronic products purchased in the EU on and after August 13, 2005 and bearing a WEEE label. Please use the Oracle return and collection system to discard these products by completing the form located here
  • Historical WEEE: Oracle is not required to collect Sun-branded WEEE from products purchased prior to August 13, 2005, however we will evaluate requests to take back such historical waste. A WEEE management fee may apply. To initiate such a request, complete and submit the on-line application form highlighted above. An Oracle representative will contact you for further information.

For a copy of Oracle's Selective Treatment of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment outlined under Article 6(1) and Annex II of the EU WEEE Directive, please click here WEEE Selective Treatment List. This website will be referenced on all Oracle-EU sales order acknowledgments, packing slips and invoices which will allow for easy access to instructions on future product disposal.;

California Electronic Waste Regulations
The  California Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 (also known as Senate Bills SB20 and SB50) requires retailers selling electronic products defined as Covered Electronic Devices in California to collect an electronic waste recycling fee from the consumer at the time of purchase. Beginning January 1, 2005, Oracle reports and remits fees on all covered electronic devices to the State of California as prescribed by the Act. Oracle has elected to absorb the necessary recycling fees from our California end-user customers. This statement will be expressed on all invoices received from Oracle.

Oracle resellers may be required to charge this fee on Covered Electronic Devices purchased from Oracle  and remit the fee to the State of California. Resellers are responsible for understanding and complying with applicable portions of the Act. Oracle will not collect and remit this fee for those resellers that have a California resale exemption certificate on file with Oracle. 

This legislation also requires the retailer to make information available to California consumers regarding how to recycle electronic equipment and display monitors. To find additional information on recycling electronic items and other related California Electronic Waste Recycling Fee information, visit

Devices Covered Under SB50

  • Cathode Ray Tube Devices and Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT's) including televisions and computer monitors
  • Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) desktop monitors
  • Laptop computers with LCD screens
  • LCD televisions and
  • Plasma televisions
  • Portable DVD players with LCD screens
  • Notification Requirements

Manufacturers of Covered Electronics Devices are required to notify retailers of their products that are covered under the Act.

Maine Electronic Waste Regulations
Maine regulations require manufacturers, consumers and government to share responsibility for the recycling of computer monitors and televisions generated as wastes in Maine. Oracle has submitted the mandated Manufacturer Plan to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and has arranged for payment of the required fees with the consolidation facilities approved by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Oracle understands that it is responsible for reasonable operational costs for collection of Sun-branded computer monitors that qualify as "covered electronic devices" (CED) generated as household waste and received at consolidation facilities within Maine. Maine has determined that Sun is not responsible for any pro-rata share of any regulated household waste stream in Maine at this time.

How to recycle CEDs in Maine
Please contact your local municipality for information about how and where to recycle computer monitors in your area. For more information about Maine's electronic waste law, please visit Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Canada has enacted a number of electronic waste regulations throughout the provinces:

  • Alberta (effective 2/1/2005) - Alberta Management Recycling Authority (ARMA)
  • British Columbia (effective 8/1/2007)- Electronic Stewardship Association of BC (ESABC)
  • Nova Scotia (effective 2/1/2008) - Atlantic Canada Electronics Stewardship (ACES)
  • Ontario (effective 4/1/2009) - Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES)
  • Saskatchewan (effective 1/1/2007) - Saskatchewan Waste Electronic Equipment Program (SWEEP)
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