Products with this symbol are required to comply with the European Union’s Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive 2002/96/EC.  

If you are a user of Thermo Scientific products and are located within Europe and you need to have our products recycled within the terms of the WEEE Directive, your product must have been purchased on or after 13 August 2005 and should be marked with the WEEE symbol.  

Thermo Scientific products will continue to meet the requirements of all relevant directives, including those of RoHS if /where applicable. Any of our products affected by or coming into the RoHS scope for the first time, as a result of the inclusion in the recast directive of product categories 8, 9 or (the new) 11, changes to the exclusions or changes to exempted applications, will meet these new requirements from their due dates, or enable a finished product into which they may be incorporated to do so.

Please note: Products that are considered as a biological hazard or have been medically contaminated are not to be recycled through this program, but must be treated as bio-hazard waste and disposed of in accordance with your local regulations.

Commonly asked questions

How can I identify product that is within the scope of the WEEE Directive that Thermo Fisher Scientific will recycle? Your product will be marked with the WEEE symbol, a wheelie bin with an X through it as shown above. It should be on the rear of the product.

What if I bought my Thermo Scientific product direct from Thermo Fisher Scientific?  Thermo Fisher Scientific is responsible for providing recycling for your product. 

What if I bought my Thermo Scientific product from a distributor within the EU?  The distributor is responsible for setting up a recycling program within the EU. Please contract them directly for more information. 

What if I bought my Thermo Scientific product from a distributor outside the EU?  In this situation, according to the WEEE, you are responsible for recycling the product.  However, Thermo Fisher Scientific will provide recycling information for you per the  European Union's Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive.