The RoHS and WEEE Directives are part of a global push for environmentally
sound manufacturing and recycling policies. The Directives are primarily geared
to consumer electronic products, but frequently affect industrial products as well.
The European Union was the first to enact these directives on July 1, 2006.
The RoHS Directive is formally named the “Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances” and the WEEE Directive is formally named
“Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment”, which includes various
The RoHS directives typically ban six substances, whereas the WEEE directive
is concerned with the recycling and disposal of these and other substances.
The banned substances are cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg), hexavalent chromium
(Cr (VI)), polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) as well as lead (Pb).
California was the first state to enact RoHS and WEEE type directives that
cover consumer electronic display devices. We expect other states to follow
The China RoHS and WEEE directives1 enacted this spring does affect
industrial products that contain electronic printed circuit boards as well
as other industrial machinery. Japan and Korea also have their own directives.
The links contain Baldor Electric Company’s response to these directives.