The CE marking (Conformité Européenne – European Conformity) is not a certification or something a company acquires; in fact, it is mandatory by law. Despite what many often think, this marking only declares product compliance with the basic requirements in terms of safety and health of the end user.
WEEE marked products (Waste of electric and electronic equipment)
The main issues with this kind of waste are the presence of substances considered to be toxic for the environment and the fact that these devices are not biodegradable. Since the growing popularity of electronic devices, there is an increasing risk of them being disposed of in the environment, landfills and waste-to-energy plants, with resulting soil, air and water pollution that cause repercussion on public health. These products are to be handled correctly and their components have to undergo selective collection based on the materials they are made of, such as copper, iron, steel, aluminium, glass, silver, gold, lead, mercury. This will prevent wasting resources that can be used to manufacture new devices and it will help safeguard the environment. This type of waste is commonly known as e-waste and it falls under the WEEE (“Waste of electric and electronic equipment”) regulation.
The latter is strictly connected to the RoHS 2002/95/CE European Union directive.