Corporate social responsibilities

Beyond Recycling

Teradata not only complies with all legislative requirements that cover product recycling, recovery, treatment, management and disposal of electrical and electronic equipment — we reach beyond with our own programs in this vital area.


Our Ireland PRL (Producer Registration Limited) Number is 1076WB, Teradata (Ireland) Ltd will take all WEEE arising from their products back from the client free of charge.

Teradata products are compliant with the EU Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), which pertains to product recycling, recovery, treatment, management and disposal of electrical and electronic equipment. Teradata's end-of-life hardware management initiatives ensure secure and environmentally responsible product decommissioning, recycling, treatment and compliant disposal. 

Teradata Contacts for Return of WEEE Equipment 

Teradata Used Equipment Program 

This program was established over 12 years ago to help extend the life of systems and mitigate the environmental impact of disposal. Over the last four years, Teradata has reused over 800 nodes and 1.1 petabytes of disks in 28 different countries. The units are often shipped in recycled crates and boxes reclaimed from new hardware shipments. Under this program, all trade-in systems are recycled in four ways:

Disassembled and re-used as spare parts to service the installed base of systems around the world. This helps minimize the amount of new products purchased over the service life of our products.
Reconfigured and sold for customer use. This allows customers to:

  • Upgrade discontinued platforms with the same generation of equipment
  • Purchase larger upgrades to meet growth requirements
  • Purchase systems as test and development platforms
  • Reconfigured and redeployed internally for enhanced R&D and lab systems. This sustains the life of the systems, keeps our labs HW updated and keeps our capital costs lower.
  • Systems beyond their economic and functional life are recycled. 

End-Of-Life Initiative

When systems reach the end of their functional lives, equipment is broken down and sorted and shredded into various materials categories like drives, circuit boards, wire, plastics and metals for further refining. Our recycling partner and all of their suppliers down to the refineries and smelters are all ISO 14001:2004 certified and meet or exceed all federal, state and local environmental standards and practices.


Teradata complies with the European Union directive on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), which limits the use of certain substances, such as lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), in electrical and electronic equipment placed on the European Community market.

Prior to the effective date of the EU RoHS Directive, Teradata implemented comprehensive due diligence, order control and parts management processes to ensure initial compliance, and we continue to do so in order to ensure ongoing compliance. All Teradata products that are affected by EU legislation are labeled in accordance with the directive.

India E-Waste Management

In 2016,  the country of India passed E-Waste Management Rules that went to effect on October 1, 2016.   Teradata is in compliance with this directive.  To find out more about what Teradata India is doing to support this important mandate please click here.