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ROHS Good For The Environment

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

With more and more electrical and electronic items becoming affordable, coupled with the shorter life cycle of these products, it became critical that the problem of environmental impact be recognised in legislation.

The EU Directive on RoHS (Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances) is just part of an ever-increasing push for more environmentally sound manufacturing policies across the whole of industries. Launching around the same time in the European Union is the WEEE Directive (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment), which covers the recyclability of equipment. In Japan, the Consumer Appliance Law was introduced in 2001 and demanded the recycling of a number of domestic electrical items. It is likely that this will encompass computer equipment in 2006. Although there is little or no federal legislation similar to RoHS or WEEE in the United States currently, the state of California has announced legislation effectively mirroring the EU Directives.

This now concerns you, the wildlife biologist. GPS collars fall into the category of products that must be RoHS compliant. Telemetry Solutions Quantum GPS collars are certified RoHS compliant.