Strategy regarding WEEE and RoHS directives
By the RoHS directive the use of six hazardous substances, such as lead, in electrical and electronic equipment will be banned. The directive will go into effect in Europe in July 2006. Closely related to this is the WEEE directive, concerning waste of electrical or electronic equipment.
ShinewayTech has worked with the conversion to RoHS compliant products for the last year. Below you will find more information about the directives and ShinewayTech'strategy.
How are WEEE and RoHS relevant to ShinewayTech
ShinewayTech is dedicated to provide its customers with fiber optical T&M products that meet the highest standards of performance, innovation and environmental safety. Achieving this requires the ability to quickly adapt to new industry demands, such as the environment-related legislation that was introduced in 2006 by the European Union.
Now, all of ShinewayTech’s manufactured products comply with Directive 2002/96/EC, a legislation enacted by the European Union regulating the disposal of electrical and electronic equipment (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, or WEEE). For the majority of ShinewayTech products, we are expected to recycle 50% of the total product weight and recuperate 70% of the total product.
As for Directive 2002/95/EC (RoHS), which restricts the use of certain hazardous substances—including lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)—in electrical and electronic equipment, ShinewayTech’s instruments are classified as category 9 items. Products in this category are exempted from the restriction. However, it is important for ShinewayTech to use Directive 2002/95/EC as a guideline in its product development processes.
Strategy by product area
It is very difficult to give a detailed time for the transition to RoHS-compliance since it depends on the availability of RoHS compliant components rather than technical issues. Our products will be converted product by product.
WEEE and RoHS-compliancy FAQs
1.What is WEEE?
WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is primarily tasked with reducing the amount of electrical and electronic equipment from entering landfill site at the end of its useful life by encouraging reuse, recycling and separate collection. The directive is focused on consumer products due to the fact that these products are being manufactured in very high volumes.
To read the WEEE-directive in its entirety, please click here.
2.What is RoHS?
The purpose of RoHS (Restriction of use of Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment) is to reduce harmful substances at source (manufacturing), ensuring that the hazardous substances covered by the directive are not leaked into the environment by equipment that most times fails to be recycled properly. The directive means that new (in contradistinction to used) electrical and electronic products, put on the market after 1 July 2006 may not contain lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chrome or PBB/PBDE (bromated flame protection). The directive does not comprise spare parts.
To read the RoHS-directive in its entirety, please click here.
3.The directives cover the following ten product categories, with fiber optical test instruments being superficially covered by category 9:
1) Large household appliances (eg. refrigerators, washing machines, air condition)
2) Small household appliances (eg. vacuum cleaners, coffee machines, watches)
3) IT and telecommunications equipment (eg. computers, printers, telephones)
4) Consumer equipment (eg. televisions, video cameras, musical instruments)
5) Lightning equipment (eg. fluorescent lamps, sodium lamps)
6) Electrical and electronic tools (eg. drills, saws, robots), with exception of large-scale stationary industrial tools.
7) Toys, leisure and sports equipment (eg. video game consoles, electric train)
8) Medical devices (eg. cardiology, dialysis, analysers)
9) Monitoring and control instruments (eg. smoke detectors, control panels)
10) Automatic dispensers (eg. drinks machines)
4.What countries are affected by this directive?
WEEE affects the countries of the European Union. These countries are:
Note: ShinewayTech has decided to leave the responsibility of recycling our products to the customers/distributors themselves, for the time being.