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On April 2nd, 2007, the South Korea Legislation Research Institute published its own RoHS. Also known as Korea RoHS, this regulation went into effect on January 1st, 2008, under the name of the Act on Resource Circulation of Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Vehicles. It is the South Korean version of the Europe RoHS, WEEE, and ELV combined directives.
As in other countries, WEEE is an acronym that stands for waste of electrical and electronic equipment.
Manufacturers and distributors of electrical and electronic equipment are responsible for the future waste of the in-scope products they place into the Korean Market. To comply, they typically deal with local ‘producer compliance schemes’ (PCS) that will arrange the collection and treatment of their WEEE. These PCS must recycle the e-waste accordingly with the Ministry of Environment standards.
In the case of WEEE violation, the Minister of Environment can fine the manufacturers, distributors, or the producer compliance schemes, depending on the offence.
ELV is an acronym standing for end-of-life vehicles. Just like the EU ELV Directive, Korea RoHS also restricts the use of four heavy metals in vehicles: lead, cadmium, mercury (Me), and hexavalent chromium.
Any manufacturers or importers of vehicles and any persons managing vehicle scraps fall under the ELV scope of Korea RoHS.
On top of the restriction of heavy metals in vehicles, recycling obligations of end-of-life vehicles apply to in-scope stakeholders. Among other things, recycling facilities must shred residues and deal with hazardous substances separately.
Both the Minister of Environment and the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport demand periodical reports on the recycling, reuse and disposal of vehicle scraps, for monitoring purposes.
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