RoHS Directive [Restriction of Hazardous Substances]
The Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive was passed into law by the European Union (E.U.) and takes effect on July 1, 2006. The use of the following materials will be banned in new products sold in countries aligned with the EU. This will affect manufacturers, resellers and distributors of electrical and electronic equipment containing: Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Hexavalent Chrome, Polybrominated Biphenyl (PBB), Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE). The RoHS Directive works in conjunction with the WEEE Directive. The RoHS Directive provides the means to ban the hazardous material and the WEEE Directive provides the means to collect and recycle electronics products from consumers at end-of-life.
Princeton Technology is committed to protecting people and the environment through our compliance with these directives.
Princeton Technology began the process of converting all of its products to be built without any of the banned materials in 2004. The qualification of RoHS-compliant components from our suppliers and the implementation of new manufacturing processes related to this Directive was undertaken in 2005. Presently, all of Princeton Technology's products and packaging materials sold worldwide are fully RoHS compliant
The exception to this will be certain legacy products for which RoHS-compliant components are unavailable from the suppliers.
[Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment ]
The WEEE Directive [Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment] refers to the recycling of electronics equipment. The Directive applies to companies that manufacture, sell, and distribute electrical and electronic equipment in the EU. It covers a wide range of electronics finished goods including; IT equipment, radio and audio systems, household appliances, tools, telecommunications systems, toys and others.
The WEEE Directive aims to reduce the waste arising from electrical and electronic equipment, and improve the environmental impact from everything involved in the life cycle of electrical and electronic equipment.
The WEEE directive has been or will shortly be transposed into each EU member state’s legislation and so the exact timing and details will vary slightly from country to country, but the above principles will apply. In particular, the arrangements for the separate collection of WEEE will vary in each country but might include public collection points, retailers take back schemes, collection from households. The Directive encourages reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery.
Princeton Technology is dedicated to minimizing the impact our products have on the environment and to comply with the WEEE Directive.