Equipment Worn out? Take It Back for Disposal

The Journal (Newcastle, England), October 30, 2003 | Go to article overview

Equipment Worn out? Take It Back for Disposal


Byline: By Karen Wilson

Businesses are being urged to prepare for a new EU ruling on the disposal of electronic and electrical equipment, which will become law next August.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive was eventually published in the EU's official journals earlier this year. The implications are so far-reaching that preparation is critical.

With this in mind, the Environmental Industries Federation (EIF) will be holding a WEEE directive workshop on November 20 from 9am to 1pm at the Centre for Advanced Industry, North Shields.

The WEEE Directive has been created to foster a holistic "cradle to grave" philosophy relating to producer responsibility. It aims to reduce the six million tonnes of electrical waste that is generated every year and the 90pc of electrical waste that goes to landfill.

The directive will affect every organisation involved in either the manufacturing, selling, distribution, recycling or treating of electrical and electronics goods regardless of the size of their operation.

This will include household appliances, IT and telecommunications equipment, audiovisual equipment, lighting equipment, electrical and electronic tools, toys, leisure and sports equipment, medical devices and automatic dispensers.

Many large manufactures are now looking at eco-design as part of their standard product development processes. For example, Brother one of the UK's printer and fax companies has launched a printer that was designed to meet stringent environmental standards.

At a national level the Industry Council for Electronic Equipment Recycling (ICER) is conducting a survey on whether the UK has the necessary infrastructure in preparation for the WEEE directive. …

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