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Environmental Policy

Since its inception in 1977, Ringdale has had the lowest power consuming products of its kind within product specific markets and continues the policy of only promoting goods where lowest possible power consumption is a design criteria. For example, Ringdale was the inventor of the ScreenSaver, a device that monitored mouse or keyboard activity and physically turned off the power to the monitor after a timeout of no activity. This was subsequently integrated by all monitor manufacturers. The first to provide a product was Ringdale making a profound step forward in energy conservation.

Ringdale has had a free disposal service since 1996 and will continue this service in compliance with the WEEE directive. Ringdale has been safely disposing through accredited and licensed disposal companies as well as reclaiming components and materials and will continue to do so in compliance with the WEEE directive where there is a benefit to do so.

ROHS (European Community 'Restriction Of Hazardous Substances' directive)

Member states shall ensure that, from 1 July 2006, new electrical and electronic equipment put on the market does not contain lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated biphenyl ethers (PBDE).

Ringdale markets products that are made from commonly available electronic components and will use its best endeavours to source components that are in compliance with the ROHS directive as they become available.

ROHS Compliance Status

(Updated March, 2006)

Components Hazardous Materials Compliance with ROHS
Printed Circuit BoardsLead and tin freeFully Compliant
Solder processIn compliance with AnnexFully Compliant
Plastic EnclosuresHalogen, cadmium, chromium freeFully Compliant
Capacitors*Tantalum, halogen, cadmium and chromium freeFully Compliant
Batteries**Tantalum, halogen, cadmium and chromium freeFully Compliant

* Ringdale stopped using tantalum capacitors in 1994 due to environmental concerns.
** Ringdale stopped using cadmium containing batteries in 1991 due to environmental concerns.

WEEE (European Community 'Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment' directive)

The Directive aims to reduce the waste arising from electrical and electronic equipment; and improve the environmental performance of all those involved in the life cycle of electrical and electronic products.

Ringdale provides a collection center in Burgess Hill, United Kingdom (click here for contact details) where customers can deliver at their cost any product that was sold by Ringdale in Europe for reclaim or safe disposal (Ringdale is not responsible for the transport to the collection center).

WEEE Compliance status

(Updated March, 2006)

Sections Compliance with WEEE
Marking on all enclosures Compliant with WEEE
Provide Collection Points Fully WEEE Compliant
Reclaiming Components and Materials Fully WEEE Compliant
Using approved and accredited disposal companies Fully WEEE Compliant

Ringdale has been on the forefront of environmentally friendly products all its life and will continue its policy to provide leading edge technology that is most energy efficient and least burdensome to the environment.