WEEE and Battery Directive

KEYENCE's Commitment to the WEEE Directive

The first Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE – 2002/96/EC) became effective throughout Europe on August 13, 2005, and the revised Directive (2012/19/EU) became effective on 14 February 2014. Its purpose is the prevention of waste electrical and electronic equipment, and the reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery. Hereinafter, KEYENCE declares its recycling scheme based on the WEEE Directive.

For more detailed information about the WEEE Directive, please refer to the link below:
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (European Commission)

Within this Directive, KEYENCE products are categorised as B2B products and are marked according to the WEEE Directive. The crossed-out wheeled bin appears on all products which need to be recycled.

If the crossed-out wheeled bin appears on the product you purchased from us, please take note of the following and dispose it as mentioned below:

Any new increase in operating costs for manufacturers is normally reflected in a price increase in the product. However, KEYENCE has decided not to increase the prices of our products but to share these new costs with our customers.

Our approach to sharing this new challenge with you is:

  • KEYENCE pays for the costs of treatment, recycling, and recovery of the WEEE to meet the targets set by the related law and regulation
  • KEYENCE pays for the costs of data management and reporting to the Government Body to demonstrate compliance with all administrative requirements of WEEE Directive
  • In return KEYENCE is asking its customers to pay for the cost of transportation of your WEEE to KEYENCE's appointed recycler

KEYENCE has set up a recycling contract with the European Advanced Recycling Network (EARN) and will cover any costs of treatment, recycling and recovery of the equipment on its arrival at the EARN's partner facilities.

It is your responsibility to arrange and pay for costs of collection and transportation to the EARN's partner facilities.

Please click on the link below and complete the Form when you dispose of your WEEE that you purchased from us. EARN will contact you to inform you about the address and any required information for transportation of your WEEE.

Collection Form


In relation to the sale of batteries or the delivery of devices containing batteries, we are obliged to inform you of the following:

Used batteries and accumulators that are not enclosed in the waste electrical device must be removed from the device before being taken to a collection point.
Used batteries and accumulators must not be disposed of in household waste:

Why can used batteries and accumulators not be disposed of in household waste?
Used batteries may contain harmful substances that can be released into the environment if not stored or disposed of properly.
The symbols shown on the batteries have the following meaning:

  • The crossed-out wheeled bin means that the battery must not be disposed of in household waste
  • Pb = battery contains more than 0.004 mass percent lead
  • Cd = battery contains more than 0.002 mass percent cadmium
  • Hg = battery contains more than 0.0005 mass percent mercury

Where can I dispose of my waste batteries and accumulators?

You can return portable waste batteries and accumulators from any of our products, free of charge:
a) at a public collection point,
b) where device batteries and accumulators are sold.

The following applies to all returned waste batteries and accumulators:
Returned batteries and accumulators are sent to approved treatment operations where they will be recycled in accordance with current legal regulations and battery treatment processes.
Recyclable materials contained are recovered and returned to the raw material cycle.
Any pollutants are properly collected and disposed of.