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Product Requirements On Recycling Electronics

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This chapter deals with the "product strategies" and their implications on inter-state trade. Overall, environmental design objectives today are influenced by life-cycle thinking and the target of sustainability. The question on lead-free electronics has arguably been the most fundamental materials-related issue in the electronics industry. There are environmental requirements relating to the recyclability of a product, and there are environmental rules that regulate the recycled materials content of a product. Even if the recycled content of a product may be understood as a physical characteristic of the device itself, it may also be perceived as regulating the process and production methods ("PPMs") by which the product in question has been manufactured. In order to better meet the demands of flexibility and innovation in modern markets, a much more narrow approach to regulation has been suggested. In the European Community, this ideology is called the "'New Approach".

Keywords: European community; lead-free electronics; process and production methods (PPMs); product strategies; recycling electronics



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