In case you didn’t realize it, there are only about 50 days until the RoHS EU-directive comes into force. The Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive is designed to halt the use of some dangerous substances in electrical equipment, namely:



Lead,
Cadmium
Mercury
Hexavalent Chromium
Two flame retardents: PBB and PBDE


This has caused quite a flurry of activity in the electronics industry, especially since conventional solder uses a lot of lead, as do CRT screens. New lead-free processes have had to be created to manufacture all kinds of different items including circuit boards, power supplies and even electronic components themselves (like capacitors). Our own declaration on Green status can be found here: http://www.eicon.com/med/press/view_press.htm?sid=11449



In addition, a second directive, WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment) also comes into force in August this year. This aims to promote the correct recycling and reuse of electrical equipment, to minimize the amount of end-of-life equipment going into landfill. Compliant products are marked with a logo, a crossed-out Mülltonne, or as my colleagues tell me “wheelie bin” (see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheelie_bin).