Korea gets behind RoHS

07 January 2008

Recycling electrical and electronic equipment is set to change with the Act on the Recycling of Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Vehicles from the Korea Environmental Council in Europe.

The Enforcement Ordinance of and the Enforcement Regulation of the Act on the Recycling of Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Vehicles (28 December 2007, Presidential Decree No.20480 and 31 December 2007, Ministry of the Environment Ordinance No.267, respectively) stipulates requirements. These include the restriction on the use of hazardous substances, annual recycling rate, and provision of recycling information and will enter into force on 1 July 2008. This means that products put on the market after 1 July 2008 will be subject to regulatory control of the Act on the Recycling of Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Vehicles and its implementing measures. Products entering the market after 1 January 2008 (but before 1 July 2008) should be compliant to the Act as of 1 January 2011.

Amongst others, the Enforcement Ordinance of 28 December 2007 provides requirements on:
- products subject to restriction on the use of hazardous substances
- concentration limits of hazardous substances
- establishment of annual recycling rate
- declaration on the compliance with the concentration limits of hazardous substances
- provision of recycling information
- mandatory recycling rate for electrical and electronic equipment
- recycling rate and methods for end-of-life vehicles
- permission of collective recycling schemes
- submission of recycling performance for end-of-life vehicles
- registration of end-of-life vehicle recyclers.

The Enforcement Regulation of 31 December 2007 contains:
- recycling methods and standards of electrical and electronic equipment
- submission of a recycling requirement implementation plan and report
- standards for the registration of end-of-life vehicle recyclers.




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