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RoHS: Europe's Initiative to Control Technological Waste

By Kenneth Barbalace
[Friday, May 11, 2007]
What will be done with the debris of the information age? The European Union (EU) member states are taking action and holding manufacturers responsible for the hazardous materials in their products. While these regulations are focused on electronic goods sold in the EU, they will also impact goods sold here in the U.S. and rest of the world as in many instances it is easier and cheaper to manufacture all products to be compliant with RoHS requirements than to produce multiple versions of the same product (an RoHS compliant version for Europe and a non-RoHS compliant version for everywhere else in the world). In the end this means that all consumers are benefiting from RoHS as more of the electronic products they buy will contain the toxic chemicals that make proper disposal and recycling so hard.

Read more about the EU's RoHS in our latest article by Jennifer Manning: RoHS: Europe's Initiative to Control Technological Waste


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