EU intensifies crackdown on hazardous electronics

Thousands of IT devices are to face stringent new rules governing their use of hazardous substances, after the European Commission today formally adopted an extension to the Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive.

The original RoHS came into effect in 2003 and required manufacturers of electronic equipment to meet strict limits on the use of heavy metals and dangerous chemicals.

The rules have forced global electronics manufacturers to significantly improve the design of their products by gradually phasing out the use of dangerous metals and chemicals, such as lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl (PBD) ethers – all of which have been widely blamed for polluting water sources and soils and damaging health.

Wiles Greenworld, the London-based environmental office supplies distributor shares EU concerns about hazardous electronics; in particular the company is concerned with the disposal of everyday IT equipment. In an effort to reduce hazardous electronics Wiles Greenworld has launched its own unique free of charge IT and battery recycling service which collects and refurbished IT equipment which is then distributed to charities, hospital and schools. Equipment that cannot be refurbished is broken down and recycled in accordance to WEEE regulations. To find out more about our free IT recycling service please call us on 0208 758 7700.

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