Waste electrical and electronic equipment can contain hazardous materials. The Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive limits the amount of six hazardous substances used in manufacturing many common, frequently used Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE).
If these items are not managed properly at end of life it could cause major environmental and health problems. The introduction of legislation at EU and national level on the restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS) aims to have certain heavy metals and other hazardous components substituted by safer alternatives. This will make it easier to recycle and recover WEEE.
The Environmental Protection Agency is the designated market surveillance authority for the enforcement of the RoHS Directive in Ireland. Checks are made on product technical files and in some cases analysis of components and/or materials used in the EEE may have to be carried out. The Agency also cooperates with other RoHS Enforcement authorities in Europe through the RoHS Enforcement Network.