The regulators wanted firstly to protect the health of consumers and secondly to promote the re-use and ecological recycling of waste.
These two initial documents, now obsolete, bore the following references:
- Directive 2002/95/CE relating to restricting the use of certain hazardous substances (RoHS)
- Directive 2002/96/CE relating to waste electrical and electronic equipment in electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)
Then, after various amendments and for the purposes of clarity, in 2011/2012, the EU started to overhaul these two directives which have since been replaced by the following documents:
- Directive 2011/65/EU of 8 June 2011 relating to restricting the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS II)
- Directive 2012/19/EU of 4 July 2012 relating to waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE II)
The scope of these two directives is now different.
Please see corresponding documents and links.
For any questions on these directives, especially on the contact address for the various collect and return systems, our ExportHelp department is available to help you.
In Switzerland - Federal authority responsible for these matters:
Federal Office for the Environment OFEV
Waste and raw materials division
Tel:+41 58 462 93 80
Fax:+41 58 463 03 69