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Back in the spring of 2003, the European Council passed the EU WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive governing the recycling and return of electrical and electronic equipment and the RoHS (Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances) Directive designed to reduce the use of hazardous substances. These two Directives took full effect on 1st July, 2006.

STEMMER IMAGING supports these initiatives to protect our environment as implemented in the relevant national laws regarding electrical equipment. Implementation of both Directives will lead to a reduction in the use of hazardous substances including lead, cadmium, chromium and mercury.

According to the information provided by the Government on the application of the laws regarding electrical and electronic equipment, the electronics products we sell are not generally subject to the Directives. This information states that large-scale, fixed-location industrial tools and components of such equipment are explicitly excluded from the scope of application of the Directives.

As a rule, image processing components are regarded as fixed-location industrial equipment and therefore do not need to comply with the requirements of the WEEE or RoHS Directive.

However, to protect the environment, we nevertheless see it as our duty to adhere to the Directives as far as possible, and we have already been in contact with our suppliers about this issue for several months and have been drawing their attention to the problems and constraints associated with these Directives.

In the meantime most of our suppliers offer exclusively ROHS compliant products. Individual products which are not ROHS compliant are labelled as such by STEMMER IMAGING.