Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) is an EU Directive that came into force in 2006 and applies to Electrical and Electronic Equipment.
The Directive restricts the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment. It is closely linked with the Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive which sets collection, recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods and is part of a legislative initiative to solve the problem of huge amounts of toxic electronic waste.
The purpose of the Directive is to severely restrict the use of substances that are considered hazardous to the human health and to the environment, in electrical products.
It is a legal requirement that all Electrical Products sold in the EU comply with the Directive.
The six substances covered by the legislation and the limit for each are show in the table below:
|PBB (flame retardant)
|PBDE (flame retardant)
The Daylight Company is concerned with the directive for its lamps and luminaires but it does not apply to our range of accessories; floor stands, table bases, cutting mats, clamps.
The Daylight Company has signed agreements with its suppliers and they are required to produce products that comply with the Directive.
ROHS is now part of the CE Marking Directive and does not require its own mark.
Waste of Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is an EU Directive which set collection, recycling and recovery targets for all types of electrical goods. The Directive was implemented in all EU Member States in an effort to meet the EU target of recycling of electrical and electronic equipment.
The symbol adopted by the European Council to represent WEEE comprises a crossed-out wheelie bin.
Companies have a legal responsibility to facilitate and fund recycling costs. In the UK, the responsibility lies with The Daylight Company as a manufacturer of electrical products, our distributors and retailers. In other EU countries, the responsibility to recycle falls under the distributor and or retailer of our products.
Our range of lamps and magnifiers fall under the scope of the Directive and all bear the crossed out wheelie bin logo.
In the UK, the Daylight Company is a member of the WeeeCare Compliance scheme and is registered with the Environment Agency with Registration Number WEE/JF0004ZR. The scheme supports its members to comply with the Directive by carrying out audits of our premises to ensure that we are fully compliant.
The Daylight Company is a member of the Electro-G scheme in Germany.
Unwanted electrical equipment is the UK’s fastest growing type of waste.
Most electrical items can be repaired or recycled, saving natural resources and the environment. If you do not recycle, electrical equipment will end up in landfill where hazardous substances can leak out and cause soil and water contamination – harming wildlife and human health.
Where to recycle?
We recommend that you first check with your council to locate your local recycling centre or a local retailer of electrical equipment.
If you wish to return a Daylight product for recycling directly to us, you can do so, simply send your item to our head office and we will take care of recycling it. Please note that carriage cost to send the item to us is at your own charge.
For more information on WEEE recycling and to locate your local recycling centre visit recyclenow.com
The Battery Directive is an EU Directive which regulates the manufacture and disposal of batteries in the European Union with the aim of “improving the environmental performance of batteries and accumulators”.
Batteries commonly contain hazardous elements such as mercury, cadmium, and lead, which when incinerated or landfilled, present a risk to the environment and human health.
The Directive was adopted on 18 March 1991 to reduce these hazards by harmonising EU member states’ laws on the disposal and recycling of batteries containing dangerous substances.
To find out where to recycle batteries visit recyclenow.com