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LXE Inc. said today it will comply with the European Union's (EU) Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) directive by the July 6, 2006 deadline, and will meet the requirements of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) legislation in each member state.
The RoHS directive provides that electrical and electronic equipment sold in the EU after July 6, 2006, cannot contain lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).
LXE will begin shipping RoHS-compliant products into the EU by the second quarter of 2006. All products sold in the European Union will be compliant by the July 6, 2006 deadline.
The primary objectives of the WEEE Directive are the prevention of waste electrical and electronic equipment, and the promotion of the reuse and recycling of electronic wastes. The WEEE directive requires that electronic manufacturers selling in EU countries label their equipment as recyclable, and that they provide and fund a means to recycle the equipment. The WEEE directive takes effect on August 13, 2005, and targets for recycling must be met by as early as December 2006.
LXE will be compliant with the components of the directive that take effect in August. LXE is developing the plans to comply with the complete requirements of the directive by the deadlines of each member state.
"LXE has always placed a high priority on waste minimization, recycling and reuse programs, and pollution prevention," says Philippe Bechet, LXE vice president, LXE International. "All of LXE's products will eventually be RoHS compliant, including those sold outside of the European Union."