To implement Directive 2011/65/EU into German law, the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Substances Ordinance was created and thus the requirements of the RoHS Directive were removed from the ElektroG.
Some of the substances used in electrical engineering are regarded as environmentally hazardous.
On the one hand, they are toxic when used in certain quantities, and on the other hand they cannot be broken down by the environment or can only be broken down with difficulty, e.g: lead >0.1%, mercury >0.1%, cadmium >0.1%, hexavalent chromium >0.1%
Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) >0.1% and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) >0.1%.
Since 22.07.2019 additionally
- Bis(2-ethylheyl) Phthalate (DEHP) >0.1% Plasticizer in PVC
- Benzylnutylphthalate (BBP) >0.1% and other plasticisers in plastics
- Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) >0.1% among others plasticizer in plastics
- Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) >0.1% and other plasticisers in plastics