Learn Microsoft Hardware’s environmental commitments and policies

Hardware Environmental Regulatory
Compliance Information

New York State consumers currently have a few options for recycling electronic devices. You can download a list of all permanent collections sites in the State for 2014.

  1. We have partnered with Vintage Tech Recyclers to manage collection sites throughout the State.
  2. Microsoft Stores accept all electronic devices for recycling. To find the Store location and hours, please visit http://content.microsoftstore.com/lookup?view=allstores. To read more about how you might be able to earn store credit by recycling in a Microsoft Store, please visit http://www.microsoftstore.com/recycle.
  3. Consumers can request a pre-paid label for visiting Vintage Tech's website http://www.vintagetechrecyclers.com/consumer-education-mail-back or calling them at (866) 435-9223

Consumers can recycle other brands of devices for free. Proof of purchase of the same type of Microsoft device may be required.

If none of these options are convenient, email eRecycle@microsoft.com for alternate arrangements.

In 2014, Microsoft recycled 35,134 lbs of electronic products collected from consumers in the State of Virginia.

You can find a copy of our Maryland Recycling Plan here.

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Microsoft supports the proper recycling, recovery, and handling of waste associated with electronics. We implement strict policies to ensure that, at a minimum, our products and packaging fully comply with the requirements of each government's jurisdiction in which we do business. This includes compliance with the WEEE and RoHS Directives issued by the European Union (EU).

Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

Microsoft has taken the following approach to complying with this Directive:

  • Microsoft will, where applicable, register with national authorities in accordance with the requirements of each Member State and the EU for Microsoft products that are subject to the WEEE Directive
  • Microsoft works cooperatively with treatment facilities and governmental agencies to provide information that enables the successful treatment of Microsoft WEEE products.
  • Microsoft will provide information to reuse centres, treatment, and recycling facilities regarding new Microsoft electrical and electronic equipment as required by each Member State and the WEEE Directive. For more information, please contact Microsoft at weee@microsoft.com.
  • Microsoft WEEE products will be designed with recycling, reuse, and waste management as a consideration.
  • Microsoft WEEE products will be labelled or stamped with the WEEE marking as shown below in accordance with European Standard EN 50419.

Important information for private household (or similar) users:

  • WEEE from private households means WEEE that comes from private households as well as commercial, industrial, institutional, and other sources that, because of its nature and quantity, is similar to that from private households.
  • The presence of the WEEE label or stamp (seen above) indicates members and guests of private households are responsible for properly disposing of WEEE products. Marked products must not be disposed as a part of household waste. WEEE labelled products must be kept separate and returned to a designated collection point for their dismantling, recycling, and/or reuse. In some cases, the WEEE labelled product can be returned to the place of purchase.
  • The proper disposal of WEEE products by households will conserve natural resources (through re-use and recycling) and protect environmental and human health through proper disposal.
  • In some cases there are punitive actions that your city, municipality, or Member State can take for not properly disposing of WEEE products.
  • For more information regarding options for disposal of WEEE products, please contact your local city office, municipality office, retail store where you purchased the Microsoft WEEE product and/or your waste management service by telephone, or visit your country’s government website by following the appropriate link below:

Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)

The EU RoHS Directive restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in products. Microsoft fully complied with RoHS as of its effective date, 1 July 2006.

Microsoft requires its suppliers through our specifications to conduct routine product material testing and to submit declarations of compliance with RoHS and other applicable specifications. Microsoft audits suppliers and manufacturers to evaluate product compliance with our specifications through the use of independent and certified third-party test laboratories. Based on these measures and practices and our supplier's declarations of conformity, Microsoft considers our products compliant with the RoHS Directive and other requirements that restrict hazardous substances in our products.


With respect to packaging, Microsoft designs its hardware and software packaging to reduce environmental impact. This includes compliance with the European Union’s Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste (94/62/EC of 20 December 1994, as amended by 2004/12/EC) and the CEN packaging standards (2005/C 44/13). Through policies, and in close relationship with partners and suppliers, we use a system of specifications, testing, and verification to comply with applicable laws and regulations, including requirements restricting the use of certain hazardous substances, specifying recyclable material content, and restricting the use of certain wood products.

¹ES: residuos de aparatos eléctricos y electrónicos (RAEE)
CS: odpadním elektrickým a elektronickým zařízením (OEEZ)
DA: affald af elektrisk og elektronisk udstyr (WEEE)
DE: Elektro- und Elektronik-Altgeräte (WEEE)
ET: elektri- ja elektroonikaseadmete jäätmed — elektri- ja elektroonikaseadmed
EL: Απόβλητα ηλεκτρικού και ηλεκτρονικού εξοπλισμού (ΑΗΗΕ)
EN: waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)
FR: déchets d'équipements électriques et électroniques (DEEE)
IT: rifiuti di apparecchiature elettriche ed elettroniche (RAEE)
LV: elektrisko un elektronisko iekārtu atkritumi (EEIA)
LT: elektros ir elektroninės įrangos atliekos (EEĮ atliekos)
HU: elektromos vagy elektronikus berendezések hulladékai
MT: skart ta’ tagħmir elettriku u elettroniku (WEEE)
NL: afgedankte elektrische en elektronische apparatuur (AEEA)
NO: Elektrisk og elektronisk avfall (EE)
PL: zużyte urządzenia elektryczne i elektroniczne (WEEE)
PT: Resíduos de equipamentos eléctricos e electrónicos (REEE)
SK: odpad z elektrických a elektronických zariadení (OEEZ)
SL: odpadna električna in elektronska oprema (OEEO)
FI: sähkö- ja elektroniikkalaiteromulla
SV: avfall som utgörs av eller innehåller elektriska eller elektroniska produkter (WEEE)