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WEEE RoHS Directives

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directives, introduced in 2005 by the European Union, affects companies selling a broad range of electrical goods in Europe.

"Directives 2002/95/EC on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment and 2002/96/EC2 on waste electrical and electronic equipment are designed to tackle the fast increasing waste stream of electrical and electronic equipment and complements European Union measures on landfill and incineration of waste. Increased recycling of electrical and electronic equipment will limit the total quantity of waste going to final disposal. Producers will be responsible for taking back and recycling electrical and electronic equipment. This will provide incentives to design electrical and electronic equipment in an environmentally more efficient way, which takes waste management aspects fully into account." (Source - Europa the portal site of the European Union http://europa.eu)

For information and updates on the implementation of WEEE/RoHS, please visit and/or contact:

The WEEE/RoHS section of the Commercial Service European Union Office website

UK Government:

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Ministerial Correspondence Unit

1 Victoria Street

London SW1H 0ET


Tel: 44 (0) 20 7215 5000

Fax: 44 (0) 20 7215 0105

email us: enquiries@bis.gsi.gov.uk


Useful Links in the UK:

UK Government - WEEE

UK Government - RoHS

The European Union:

The European Commission - WEEE/RoHS Directive

The European Commission - WEEE/RoHS FAQ Information Sheet