THE EU ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT DIRECTIVE

The European Union instituted the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive 2002/96/EC in an effort to minimize the environmental impact of discarded or end-of-life electrical or electronic equipment (e-waste) by increasing the re-use and recycling of such items and reducing the amount of e-waste entering landfills. Related statutes that are used in conjunction with WEEE to combat the proliferation of e-waste include the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive, (RoHS) Directive 2002/95/EC.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How does RoHS ensure that it does not become outdated by the rate of change in technology?
How have some manufacturers attempted to circumvent the WEEE and RoHS?
Have the aforementioned directives influenced manufacturing beyond the EU?

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