Collection and Recycling Arrangements in France

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Under the French Decree on the Prevention and Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) which came into force on August 13th 2005, the financing of collection and recycling of any waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) arising from equipment bought before August 13th 2005 is the customer's responsibility. This is regardless of whether the equipment is being replaced by a new piece of equipment from IDEXX. Equipment purchased before August 13th 2005 is referred to as Historic WEEE.

Under the Decree, IDEXX is 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 13th 2005, when that new equipment eventually becomes waste. This is referred to as New WEEE.

IDEXX products are very competitively priced. Any new increase in operating costs for manufacturers such as IDEXX is normally reflected in a price increase in the product. However, instead of increasing the prices of our products, IDEXX has decided to share these new environmental costs directly with our customers. We believe in being transparent with you on any new environmental costs that our products need to address.

Our approach to sharing these new environmental costs is:

  • IDEXX pays for the costs of treatment, recycling and recovery of the WEEE to meet the targets set by the Decree.
  • IDEXX pays for the costs of data management and reporting to the Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME) to demonstrate compliance with all administrative requirements of the Decree.
  • You pay for transportation of your WEEE to IDEXX's appointed recycler in France.

IDEXX 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 recycling facility in France. All New WEEE that arises from the purchase of IDEXX products is classed as non-hazardous waste.

It is your responsibility to arrange and pay for costs of collection and transportation to the recycler. Under Decree 98-679 1998 Relating to Road Transport, the Trade and the Broking of Waste, you are free to use any carrier you wish to collect and transport non-hazardous WEEE to the EARN recycler, providing the total weight of equipment to be transported is less than 500 kg.

For larger quantities of waste you may wish to contact the recycler directly in order to arrange and pay for an alternative collection method.

To request collection and transport of WEEE, please use the following link:

For further information please contact EARN directly by email:

There is no legal requirement that WEEE be accompanied by documentation when transported in France.

Notice to Customers
Cost of Collection of IDEXX WEEE

To the extent permitted by applicable national law, customer is solely responsible for the cost of collection and delivery of New EEE and/or Historic WEEE to the recycler's address specified by IDEXX, in compliance with European Community Directive 2002/96/EC and applicable national law. This applies to electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) put on the European market by IDEXX after 13 August 2005 (New EEE), as well as all EEE put on the European market before 13 August 2005 (known as Historic WEEE) which becomes waste as a result of a purchase of New EEE from IDEXX after 13 August 2005. If Customer resells IDEXX EEE to a third party, Customer shall ensure that this paragraph is included in a written contractual arrangement governing the sale to the third party. Customer agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless IDEXX, its resellers and distributors, and its specified compliance scheme provider – ENVIRON B2B WEEE Scheme or such other compliance scheme provider as IDEXX may from time to time specify – from and against all claims and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, arising out of Customer’s failure to comply fully with its obligations under this paragraph.

Third Party Equipment

With respect to third-party instruments or other equipment sold by IDEXX, but which is not IDEXX-branded, please consult the equipment list on the “label recycling page”. If the equipment is included in the list on that page, then IDEXX is responsible for providing recycling instructions. If the equipment is not listed on that page, then a third party (either the manufacturer or the manufacturer’s distributor in your country) is responsible for providing any required recycling instructions. Equipment for which a third party is responsible includes, among other things, printers and computers. To obtain recycling instructions for this equipment, please visit the corresponding Web site of the relevant equipment manufacturer or otherwise contact such manufacturer. IDEXX is not responsible for recycling such third-party equipment, and the user of such equipment agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless IDEXX and its resellers and distributors from and against all claims and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, arising out of the recycling of those items.