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REACH

REACH

REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) is an European Union regulation from 2006. REACH addresses the production and the use of chemical substances, and their potential impact on both human health and the environment.

Read more about REACH (external website)

Recycling

Recycling

Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. In the case of recycling the products are destroyed and the materials are recycled. Recycling can prevent the waste of potentially useful materials and reduce the consumption of virgin materials, thereby reducing for example energy usage, air pollution and water pollution.

Refurbish

Refurbish

Refurbished products means renovated products, or renovated parts of a product, that can be used again. To be distinguished from recycling which includes destruction of the product and the recycling of the materials of a product.

Regulated substances

Regulated substances

Regulated substances include substances that are regulated by law. For example hazardous substances (regulated by REACH) and conflict minerals (will be regulated by EU directive 2021).

Remediation Programme for Children (if child labour)

Remediation Programme for Children (if child labour)

Remediation programme for Child labour is systematic fast actions if child labour is found. It also includes rehabilitation of child workers.

Renewable energy

Renewable energy

Renewable energy is energy that is collected from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished on a human time scale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, water power and geothermal heat.

Resource depletion

Resource depletion

Resource depletion occurs when the renewable and non-renewable natural sources become scarce due to high demand, where the resources are consumed much faster than they are generated.

Restricted substances list

Restricted substances list

The restricted list is the same as Annex VI to REACH, and it contains all the substances or group of substances or substances in a mixture and the consequent restriction conditions.

Link to Restricted Substances List (external website)

Reuse

Reuse

Reuse of products means the second hand market of products both for original purpose as well as for new purposes. To be distinguished from recycling where products are destroyed and the materials of the products are recycled.

RoHS

RoHS

RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment) is an European Union Directive to restrict the use of hazardous material in the manufacture of electronic and electrical equipment. For example: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium.

Link to RoHS (external website)