THE WEEE Directive has already been introduced in many European countries. Governments are required to ensure systems are in place to collect discarded items. Producers must assume financial responsibility for the cost of recycling or disposal of their goods and for meeting targets on recovery, reuse, and recycling including historical waste.
A producer is classified as;
The 10 broad categories are (you are advised to get detailed information on this if you are uncertain).
Non-complying products are likely to be removed from the marketplace. This will have implications for all goods sent into and circulated within Europe. ROHS Directive This directive is designed to restrict the use of certain substances in the production process so that harmful toxic pollution is minimised and recycling of products is made easier. It is your responsibility to ensure that the goods you make, supply or sell are compliant.
Alternative substances must be found for these.
You will have your own opinion on what effect these Directives may have on you and the wider environment but these are some of the implications to consider for the future.
Both Directives can be read in full and downloaded from the European Union's website; www.europa.eu.int