ENL 28/15Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Restrictions of Use of Hazardous Substances Updated

This newsletter updates the information in ENL 13/04 providing information to EIGA Member Company directors, technical managers, purchasing and sales departments and company environmental specialists on the environmental requirements for electrical equipment under the regulations concerning waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE Directive) and on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS Directive).

The WEEE Directive is based on the principle of producer responsibility and covers all electrical and electronic equipment. The environmental damage should, as a priority, be rectified at source and the polluter should pay.

The RoHS Directive is targeted to protect human health and the environment of certain hazardous substances used in electrical and electronic equipment. EIGA members should review what electrical and electronic equipment is purchased and sold and review the contracts and systems in place to make sure this equipment is recycled and to establish the obligations of the suppliers.