RoHS/WEEE Overview and Recommendations

The increasing global awareness of the impact that products and the manufacturing processes used to make them has on the ecology has prompted efforts to control and ameliorate this impact. There have been efforts that focus on pursuing consensus to reduce both emissions and material consumption. Other efforts have been targeted at improving processes with the goal of reducing global repercussions. Recently, the European Union has implemented a set of requirements for a specific family of products and materials. The intent is to reduce and eventually eliminate their future ecological impact. These requirements, colloquially known as RoHS and WEEE, have been referenced or adopted into the legislation of many nations that are moving toward increased ecological responsiveness. Increasingly, this means that compliance to the requirements of RoHS and/or WEEE may well be mandated outside of the European Union in the near future.