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Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive and Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)
These directives aim to reduce the waste arising from electrical and electronic equipment and to improve the environmental performance of all those involved in the life cycle of such equipment.
This is being achieved by restricting the disposal of several toxic substances (e.g. lead, mercury, cadmium, polybrominated biphenyls - RoHS) and encouraging the responsible collection, disposal and recycling of equipment (WEEE).
WEEE becomes effective by August 2005 and RoHS by July 2006*. The WEEE directive means that producers are required to demonstrate that they have the appropriate measures for meeting the requirments and targets.
Philips ensures that its products comply with the directives and places great importance on the use of recycled material and the recyclability at the end of life. A perfect example of this is the Arc lantern, which is completely recyclable with the sole exception of the gasket.