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New e-waste recycling laws begin

Discussion in 'General Webmaster Helpdesk' started by gkd_uk, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Moderator Moderator Webmaster

    A much-delayed law that makes British producers and importers of electronic goods responsible for the recycling of their products has come into force.
    The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive requires 4kg of "e-waste" to be recycled per person.

    Manufacturers have to fund recycling schemes, while retailers must offer take-back services to customers.

    The legislation was supposed to be operational by August 2005 but was delayed by "major difficulties".

    E-waste, which includes PCs, games consoles, microwaves and washing machines, is the fastest-growing form of rubbish in the European Union.

    The UK produces an estimated 1.2m tonnes of e-waste each year, most of which has been ending up in landfill sites.

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  2. temi

    temi Facilitator Webmaster

    I think the local govt are doing a good job of this, my local council anyway

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