Manufacturers are gearing up to comply with two new EU environmental directives on waste electrical equipment and hazardous substances.
Hand Held Products, a manufacturer of image-based data collection systems, is reviewing its operations, including the supply chain in order to meet the deadlines of the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) regulations and RoHS (Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances). LXE says it is also on schedule to comply with the regulations.
The WEEE Directive aims to ensure the safe disposal and recycling of electrical and electronic equipment, and transfers the responsibility of disposal from the government to the producer.
In a bid to ensure the company complies with WEEE, Hand Held Products will register with all EU member states along with Switzerland and Norway. The company has also attached the ‘wheeled trash bin’ symbol to all products shipped for European distribution since August 1, 2005.
Meanwhile, to comply with RoHS, the company is currently analysing its supply chain. It expects to be fully RoHS compliant by the required date of July 1, 2006.
“As a company, we are committed to caring for the environment and developing environmentally friendly products,” says Roel Vreeburg, Hand Held Products’ senior vice president, International Sales, Marketing & Service. “This extends right from the design and manufacture of the products through to their eventual disposal.”
LXE comments: “LXE has always placed a high priority on waste minimisation and recycling and reuse programs and pollution prevention.”