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Environmental Regulatory Compliance

Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE)

Microsoft has taken the following approach to comply with this Directive for its covered products (Electrical and Electronic Equipment or “EEE”):

WEEE marking that displays an image of a waste can with an “X” through it designating that it is prohibited to dispose of WEEE in a trash can.

Important information for generators of WEEE from private households:

Learn more about Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS).


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 CEN packaging standards (2005/C 44/13). Through internal policies and in close relationship with partners and suppliers, we use a system of specifications, testing, and verification to comply with applicable packaging laws and regulations, including requirements restricting the use of certain hazardous substances, specifying recyclable material content, and restricting the use of certain wood products.