Date: Oct 29, 2007
Increasingly, market access is conditioned upon compliance with laws that extend producer responsibility throughout a product's lifecycle. Beginning with design and continuing through end-of-life disposal, manufacturers are being called upon to label and recycle products to address the use of toxic or hazardous materials.
The European Union (EU) is at the forefront of this trend with its Directives on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). Other jurisdictions, notably China and several individual U.S. states, are following suit. This family of rules include:
Heavy Metals and Toxic Material Limits in PackagingMercury Education and ReductionWaste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) LegislationRestriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in Electrical and Electronic EquipmentCalifornia's Proposition 65The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Universal Waste Program
For a discussion on broader issues relating to extended producer responsibilities, see:
Legal Issues in Product StewardshipInternational Producer Responsibility