Envirowise, the organisation for disseminating knowledge about government environmental initiatives, has brought out two guides (first published October 2003) designed to help Managing Directors and those involved in Marketing and Technical development to understand the implications of the new directives governing Electrical and Electronic Waste (WEEE) and the Removal of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). Under the directives, manufacturers will be regarded as producers of these substances and will have to arrange and pay for their recovery, reuse and recycling. The WEEE directive comes into effect August 2005 and ROHS July 2006.
GG415 - A guide for Managing Directors
The guide explains the impact of the forthcoming WEEE and ROHS Directives and provides an overview for managing directors on the business actions they need to take. With an introduction by Minister of State for Energy, Stephen Timms, the guide details the types of companies affected, the financial obligations that the legislation will impose and the cost savings that companies can achieve by acting now. It also emphasises that companies who ignore the advice risk incurring excessive and unnecessary costs.
GG416 – a guide for Marketing and Product Development Executives
This guide will help marketing, design and product development executives of UK electrical/electronics companies respond to the challenges of the forthcoming WEEE and ROHS Directives. It emphasises the need for company executives to urgently review their marketing and product life-cycle thinking, to develop cleaner and more sustainable product design approaches and tackle product end-of-life management. The guide will assist executives in assessing the implications of the legislation so they can advise their managing directors on the business threats, competitive advantages and opportunities that can be gained by taking early action.