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What is RoHS and why was it introduced?

What is RoHS and why was it introduced?
Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) was essentially introduced to reduce risks to health and our environment. The main concern for the environment was the effect of contamination from landfill. When we ultimately dispose of our electronic devices to landfill, chemicals seep into the water table poisoning the environment and posing a risk to health. According to the European Commission: EU legislation restricting the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC) and promoting the collection and recycling of such equipment (WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC) has been in force since February...

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