RoHS WEEE Update
EUROPEAN UNION and REGION
- EU - REACH RIP 3.8: Minor Update
An interim version of REACH RIP 3.8 Guidance with minor revisions has
been made available. The revisions bring the section numbering and references
to REACH regulation text into alignment.
See news item dated Dec. 3, 2007 on this site: http://www.reach-compliance.eu/english/news/news.html.
- EU - RoHS Directive Review:
The EU Commission has published the document framing the consultation
process and policy issues for the RoHS Directive review. Public comment
is solicited and the consultation period closes Feb. 13, 2007.
The document is available
- NORWAY - WEEE Enforcement
SFT, the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority, has issued letters to
19 importers of EEE warning of coercive fines against those not properly
assuming their responsibilities regarding WEEE collection and treatment
by registering and joining a take-back company.
- NORWAY - PoHS
It does not appear likely that the PoHS measure (Prohibition of Hazardous
Substances) will pass in its present form this month, as originally
planned. After significant feedback from industry and others, this measure
is still under internal discussion.
- UK - RoHS Enforcement: NWML
First Year Report
The National Weights and Measures Laboratory (NWML) is mandated with
enforcing the RoHS Directive in UK and has published a report on its
first full year of operation.
The report is available at: http://www.rohs.gov.uk/Docs/NWML%20Year%20One%20Report%20-%20November%202007.pdf
- UK - BERR WEEE Guidance Notes
The UK Dept. of Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) has
released its December 2007 update on its WEEE Guidance document. Wording
changes in Chapter 5 on Producer Responsibilities are minor, and emphasize
the necessity of membership in a Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS). Clarification
of relevant contributions to product weight for reporting is provided.
The document is available at: http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file42909.pdf
- SOUTH KOREA - "RoHS/WEEE/ELV"
The enforcement ordinances and regulations for the Korean legislation
equivalent to the European RoHS, WEEE and ELV Directives was promulgated
at the end of December 2007 (Presidential Decree No.20480 and Ministry
of the Environment Ordinance No.267).
For products within scope of the measures,
the Enforcement Ordinance creates responsibilities beginning July 1, 2008
under the general headings of:
- Restrictions on the use of hazardous
- Annual recycling rate;
- Provision of recycling information.
- CHINA - WEEE Draft Update
The China State Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) internet site
continues to carry the text of a draft measure for waste electronic
products management, as discussed in the November 2007 RoHS/WEEE Update.
The text indicates that the measure will be promulgated on February
- JAPAN - REACH Awareness Survey
The Japanese Chemicals Management Office, Ministry of the Environment,
has published a survey of Japanese manufacturers and their awareness
of the requirements of the REACH regulations. Data was taken in February
and March of 2007 and nearly 400 companies responded including manufacturers
and distributors, of which about half were large companies, and half
were small or medium companies. A quarter of companies appear to know
REACH well, nearly half had some knowledge, and nearly a third had little
to no knowledge. Nearly half of responding companies did not yet have
a plan to register for REACH. Large companies appear to be more advanced
in knowledge and planning than small or medium companies.
The survey report is available
- USA - FTC Reviews Environmental
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it has moved
up from 2009 to 2008 its formal review of the guidelines for environmental
marketing, known as the "Green Guides". The guides were last
reviewed in 1998.
This exercise will solicit
commentary from the public and stakeholders regarding acceptable usage
of terms such as "degradability," "compostability,"
"recyclability," "sustainable," "renewable,"
and so on.
- USA - Lead in Toys Measure Passes
Consumer Product Safety Modernization Act (HR4040) explicitly prohibit
lead in children's' products down to very low limits, passed the House
of Representatives without opposition on December 19, 2007 and on the
same day received first reading in the Senate. The measure must still
pass the Senate and receive presidential assent before becoming law.
- USA STATES - Legislative Update:
E-Waste, Hazardous Substances
ILLINOIS - Toxic Chemicals and
E-Waste Recycling Measures
Governor Blagojevich recently signed into law several measures related
to hazardous substances and electronics recycling. These measures do not
create formal legal responsibilities for manufacturers, but may be an
indication of future legislative directions.
CALIFORNIA - AB48 Governor Veto
California Assembly bill AB48 essentially aligning the Electronic Waste
Recycling Act (2003) with the EU RoHS Directive, which was vetoed by Governor
Schwarzenegger, has returned to the State Capitol and been marked for
MAINE - SB629 Amends Definitions
in Laws on E-Waste Recycling
Earlier this year, Maine legislation clarified the definition of "manufacturer,"
"consolidator," and "consolidation facility," in regard
to MRSA Title 38 Section 1610 (electronic waste management). The definition
of manufacturer is broadened. Pursuant to the same code, the Maine Department
of Environmental Protection has posted a "Do Not Sell" list,
dated December 18, 2007, of computer and television manufacturers which
have not registered. Retailers must not sell products of these manufacturers
until they have properly registered and enrolled in an approved recycling
MAINE - Cell Phone Takeback Program
Beginning January 1, 2008 end-of-life cellular phones may not be disposed
of in conventional solid waste facilities and must be returned to an approved
collection point, including retail outlets. Retailers are now obliged
to begin takeback of cellular phones at no charge, and to post a notice
accordingly. These are requirements of LD1717/HB1200 passed in June 2007
and chaptered under Chapter 343 Sec. 1. 38 MRSA !!ˆ_2143.
NEW JERSEY - Extended Producer
Responsibility and Hazardous Substances
The New Jersey legislature has a comprehensive electronics products bill
including substance restriction and extended producer responsibility moving
through the Senate. SB554 emerged from the Budget and Appropriations committee
and completed second reading on Dec. 10, 2007. Language that would have
explicitly required EU RoHS and WEEE Directive compliance has been dropped.
WASHINGTON - Responsibilities Coming
On January 1, 2008 the Washington State ban on PBDEs in some consumer
electronic products comes into effect.
Beginning February 1, 2008, manufacturers
of covered electronic products for sale in the state must be registered
in a recycling plan. Covered electronic products include video displays
and monitors larger than 4" diagonal and computers (desktop, laptop
or portable). Other responsibilities also exist.
WISCONSIN - E-Waste Take-Back Law
The Chair of the Wisconsin Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee,
Senator Mark Miller, announced plans to introduce a state recycling program
for electronic waste. The measure would:
- Cover household computers, televisions,
cell phones and other electronic devices;
- Require manufacturers to bear financial
responsibility for take-back;
- Set targets on manufacturers of
60% recycling in the first year of program operation, and 80% in the
- Ban electronic devices from landfill;
- Exempt recycling operations from
anti-trust laws to enable cooperative efforts.
Future Substance Restrictions
In 2007 some states - California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan,
Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington - have started,
and in some cases completed, efforts to regulate phthalates, bisphenol
A and/or polybrominated diphenyl ethers.
- CANADA - Tougher Product Safety
The Conservative minority government has announced introduction of new
consumer product safety laws early in 2008, dubbed the "Food and
Consumer Safety Action Plan".
According to text posted by the Office
of the Prime Minister, the measure will include:
- Mandatory product recalls when
companies fail to act on legitimate safety concerns;
- Making importers responsible for
the safety of goods they bring into Canada;
- Increasing maximum fines under
the Food and Drug Act from $5,000 up to current international standards;
- Better safety information for
consumers and guidance to industries on building safety throughout their
It is expected that "safety concerns"
will include hazardous substance restrictions.
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