KOREAN IT FIRMS,EVERTHING’S GOING GREEN

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KOREAN IT FIRMS,EVERTHING’S GOING GREEN

 user 2006-02-08 at 9:26:00 am Views: 51
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    For Korean IT firms, everything’s going green
    Long
    at the forefront of global technological advances, Korea’s information
    technology companies are now busy making themselves competitive in
    environmental protection.
    Early this year, the Ministry of
    Environment implemented environmental regulations ― dubbed “extended
    producer responsibility” ― for printers, making manufactures
    responsible for the entire life-cycle of the products and packaging
    they produce.
    Printer ink and toners produce far more waste than
    other parts used in information technology gadgets: 100,000 copies from
    a laser printer leaves around 79.8 kilograms (176 pounds) of waste.
    HP
    Korea has already announced strengthened measures for collecting toner
    cartridges. Using a recycling service called “Planet Partners,” HP has
    designated 38 ink toner refurbishing centers and 165 printer service
    centers across the nation to collect used cartridges. The company plans
    to offer mileage cards redeemable for gift certificates to customers
    who recycle the cartridges.
    For its part, electronics giant Samsung
    Electronics Co. is constructing recycling facilities entirely dedicated
    to toner cartridges at its recycling center in Asan, South Chungcheong
    province, by the end of April.
    Samsung is also to push advertising
    for its “green campaign,” which arranges the collection of used
    cartridges, by publishing a series of handbooks on recycling and
    issuing ads online.
    The government has been phasing in the extended
    producer responsibility program since 2003. From last year, mobile
    phones were subject to the new environmental measures.
    But industry sources say that the program has not been as effective for mobile phones as it had expected
    While
    mobile phone subscribers have continued to trade in used handsets when
    buying new phones, broken phones still tend to be thrown away or kept
    at home. As of Dec. 19 last year, more than 60 percent of used cell
    phones were stored by households, according to a survey by YMCA’s Seoul
    office.
    Other environment-related legislation is to take effect in
    Europe starting in July. Under a directive called the Restriction of
    Hazardous Substances, the European Union will ban the manufacture and
    sale of electronics goods that contain six heavy metals, including
    cadmium, lead and mercury; electronics makers who do not abide by the
    new rules will not be able to sell their products in Europe. IBM Korea
    announced that it would stop using the six substances in all its
    products in March, while Sun Microsystems Korea is to bring its goods
    into line with the rules by June
    .