25 July 2006 Mr Tim Rogers


Electrolux has voluntarily adopted a Restricted Material policy, banning many items, and restricting the use of others



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5. Electrolux has voluntarily adopted a Restricted Material policy, banning many items, and restricting the use of others.

Banned items include most Aromatic amines, BromoChloroFluoroCarbons, Halons, HydroBromoFluorocarbons, Halogenated organics, PolyChlorinated Biphenyls, Greenhouse gases, Persistent Organic Pollutants, CMR's and Chlorinated solvents. The full list is available on the Electrolux international website www.electrolux.com/node2l4.aspx.


In summary, Electrolux can demonstrate a measurable decline in the use of hazardous substances over many years, due to a number of factors, including competition, community pressures, regulatory requirements and company policy. There is no indication that this trend will diminish, and the likely introduction of RoHS into Australia will ensure reduced levels of hazardous materials going to landfill.
On the other hand, the replacement of metal parts with plastics has reduced weight but increased the complexity of recycling initiatives, and competing requirements such as energy reduction has increased the use of some material that ends up as floc. An example is the amount of foam used around refrigerator




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