Western Digital is striving to eliminate the use of heavy metals and toxic substances to manage environmental compliance. Our products meet applicable worldwide environmental regulations and requirements of below.
The European Union (EU) Directive on the Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS, 2002/95/EU) had been released in 2006. This environmental directive is designed to restrict the use of some heavy metals and halogenated flame retardants (PBBs and PBDEs) in electronic products. All Western Digital products sold in the EU after July 1, 2006 comply with the EU RoHS requirements.
On 2011, the EU RoHS2 Recast Directive(2011/65/EU) had been released. All of Western Digital products comply to this RoHS2 directive.
EU RoHS (2011/65/EU) Directive
The European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulates the handling of sensitive chemicals and the phase-in of alternatives for the most dangerous chemicals used within EU commerce. The European Chemicals Agency, the EU agency responsible for implementing REACH, publishes the names of substances that are candidates for its Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) list. As provided for by REACH, Western Digital reviews its products to determine if any Western Digital products contain more than 0.1% by weight per article of any substance on the SVHC candidate list.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive was created by the EU and is designed to minimize the disposal of electrical and electronic equipment into landfills. The WEEE Directive requires that a specific marking be included on certain end-user products to identify them as items covered by this legislation. Western Digital encourages users of its products to not disassemble products into components and to dispose of products in accordance with local laws. Western Digital products include the WEEE symbol in support of this directive.