Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Union, commonly referred to as the RoHS Directive, bans the use of six substances in electronic and electrical equipment. These banned substances are lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB, and PBDE. The RoHS Directive, Restriction of Hazardous Substances, is set to begin July 1, 2006 for Member States of the European Union. As of July 1, 2008, DecaBDE will also be banned by the RoHS directive. In addition, California plans to adopt the RoHS Directive in January 2007.
Directive 2002/96/EC of the European Union, commonly referred to as the WEEE Directive, establishes responsibilities for the recycling, recovery, and treatment of electronic and electrical waste. WEEE, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, is essentially considered to be discarded electrical and electronic equipment. The main goals of the WEEE Directive are to minimize the generation of WEEE and establish financial responsibilities for WEEE collection and treatment. In most cases it is the producer's responsibility to provide financing for the collection and treatment of WEEE. Currently some of the Member States are asking for extensions to the planned implementation date for this directive. The current implementation date is planned to be August 13, 2005. Products placed on the market after this date will include the following label:
California Senate Bill 20 and its amendment, Senate Bill 50, can be viewed as a combination of the RoHS and WEEE Directives. Through these bills, California plans to implement the RoHS Directive in January 2007. In addition, California requires collection and treatment of "covered electronic devices". "Covered electronic devices" are defined in California's Public Resource Code 42463. According to this definition and its exemptions, Trilithic does not believe that its products are considered to be "covered electronic devices".
For a more detailed overview of Trilithic's steps to achieving environmental compliance, see our Statement of Plans.