Socket Mobile Environmental Awareness

As electronic waste continues to grow at alarming rates, Socket Mobile is responding to this global problem by reducing or eliminating hazardous materials in our products. We are proactive about recycling common-use materials and we are recognized by the city of Newark, CA for minimizing office waste going to a landfill. By ensuring that e-waste and recyclables are properly handled, Socket Mobile is contributing to the worldwide effort towards making our environment a better place.

The 2002/95/EC Directive on the Restriction of the use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (the RoHS Directive) prohibits products sold in European markets from containing certain levels of Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, Polybrominated Biphenyls, Polybrominated Diphenyl Esters or Lead, including lead solder.
 
The EMEA region is shipped only RoHS-compliant products.
 
Identifying RoHS-Compliant Products
To identify RoHS-compliance on Socket Mobile product packaging, look to the top right-hand corner of the box ID label.

To identify RoHS-compliance on products after the packaging has been removed, please contact Socket Mobile customer support.

WEEE Compliance
The 2002/96/EC Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (the WEEE Directive) mandates that new equipment placed on the market, within Europe, be easily broken down or recycled at the end of the life cycle.

Socket Mobile fully supports and is committed to complying with the EC WEEE directives. In order to provide an equitable and consistent level of support to all of our partners, we have established the following policy:

In those countries where Socket Mobile has a legal presence and is directly importing WEEE product into one of our EC subsidiaries prior to the sale and distribution to our end customer, or partner the local Socket Mobile subsidiary, will formally register as a “producer” in that country and provide an end-of-life waste management service through an authorized provider. In those EC countries where Socket Mobile does not import WEEE products and ships to a distribution partner, the importing distribution partner (due to their legal presence and local establishment) will be responsible for statutory WEEE obligations for those WEEE products they import. In order to assist our distribution partners with WEEE compliance, Socket Mobile will label all current products with the required WEEE symbol and provide access to product specific recycling information.

REACH Compliance
Socket Mobile products also comply with EU regulations concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). For more information, click here.

What does “producer” mean?
“Producer” is a defined term within the WEEE directive and encompasses all organizations that import WEEE into an EC country. Because Socket Mobile manufactures almost exclusively outside of the EC, almost all Socket Mobile products destined for the EC have to be imported. All organizations that import Socket Mobile products into an EC country will be “Producers” within the meaning of the WEEE Directive.

Example 1: A Socket Mobile product is imported into Germany by Socket Mobile, then sold on to a re-seller in Germany and finally installed in Germany. In this case Socket Mobile is the producer. Currently, Socket Mobile has no legal presence in any EMEA country.

Example 2: A Socket Mobile product is drop shipped to a distributor in Belgium who arranges import, sold on to a re-seller in Portugal and finally installed in Portugal. Both the re-seller in Portugal and the distributor in Belgium will be producers in their respective countries.

What is Socket Mobile actually doing?
Products put on the market on or after August 13, 2005 are required to be marked with the crossed through recycling bin symbol and identification that it was put on the market on or after this date. Socket Mobile has now completed this labeling change process. All our WEEE products also have a date of manufacture on the labeling that will identify when the product was put on the market.

Socket Mobile is making available information for WEEE authorized recycling to assist with the process of recycling. Socket Mobile has also established relationships with recycling organizations to help provide compliant recycling services, minimize the costs of recycling and in time to help reduce the environment impact of our products with feedback from our recycling partners that will lead to improved product design.

What is the process for returning products in EMEA?
Socket Mobile partners have the option either to set up their own scheme to handle collection and recycling, or to join a national compliance scheme that will take on their responsibility as a producer. Socket Mobile will work closely with its partners to share any information and experience that will assist them with their compliance.