RoHS vs. Lead Free Assembly
It is easy to mis-interpret the relationship between RoHS and Lead Free Assembly. Lead Free Assembly has been around for decades in limited applications. RoHS came about when the European Union passed a directive known as WEEE
. WEEE or W
aste of E
lectrical and E
quipment (2002/96/EWG) regulates the end of life disposal and recycling of electrical waste. The legislation states that producers are responsible for waste and financing its collection. Users from private households should be allowed to recycle products free of charge. To reduce recycling costs the restricted or banned materials, manufacturers are striving to remove these substances from their product. This is where RoHS comes in.
RoHS or Restriction of Hazardous Substances (2002/95/EWG) prohibits the use of the following substances:
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