Texas Instruments

2012 Corporate Citizenship Report


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Product end-of-life

TI addresses product end-of-life and disposal issues both as a components manufacturer and as a producer of consumer devices.

Semiconductors

Although we cannot control how customers handle the semiconductors they place in their products, nor their products' end-of-life issues, we provide customers with detailed information about the substances used in our components so they can make informed decisions about end-of-life disposal.

Education Technology

TI works to reduce waste by designing ET products with flash technology, which enables consumers to download software applications from ET's website, extending the products' life span and long-term value. We also design our calculators to withstand years of classroom use.

We currently participate in take-back programs in Europe, where under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive, all companies that sell such equipment must have end-of-life collection for electronic or electrical products. We contract with third parties to manage this program.

Outside Europe, government jurisdictions have different ideas about how to best manage electronic waste. To ensure compliance, we continuously monitor the varying requirements for registration and certification, labeling, batteries, and product packaging.

When customers return ET units that are still under warranty, we send those products to a de-manufacturer for recycling.