UK:WHY WEEE HAVE NO EXCUSE

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UK:WHY WEEE HAVE NO EXCUSE

 user 2006-11-13 at 11:39:00 am Views: 48
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    Why WEEE have no excuse
    As the waste electrical and electrical equipment directive is set to be delayed again, firms have time to comply.
    The
    waste electrical and electrical equipment (WEEE) directive, adopted by
    the European Union (EU) is still being hotly debated in the UK. The
    directive, which aims to prevent too much electrical waste and promote
    recycling, is a huge priority for the government because of the
    potential hazardousness of WEEE waste.The government is committed to
    implementing this directive in such a way that the environmental
    benefits are maximised, but with minimal cost to business.A key part of
    this directive is the introduction of producer responsibility for WEEE.
    Producers will have to finance the treatment and the recycling or
    recovery of collected WEEE items, which includes household appliances
    and consumer equipment. The EU set a deadline for member states to
    ensure that producers were allowed to set up and operate individual or
    collective take-back systems. However, the timetable for the practical
    implementation of these obligations is not likely to be introduced
    until 1 January 2007 in the UK, some two years later than expected.A
    common complaint among companies is that they don’t have enough
    information about this directive because of the lack of transparency of
    the EU and EU law. However, one advantage of the delay in
    implementation is that organisations have time to do some research and
    put a comprehensive programme into place.Many responsible manufacturers
    are ahead of the game and have already put into practice their own
    environmental initiatives. At least 250 million printer cartridges are
    thrown away every year, ending up in landfill and incinerator
    facilities for electronic waste. The key is to both educate and offer
    incentives, because not enough people know about the problem, or indeed
    how or why to remedy it.No organisation can afford to be complacent
    because all forms of office equipment quickly become redundant.
    Companies need to think carefully about their social responsibilities
    and take environmental issues seriously. By recycling inkjet
    cartridges, every person in the UK can help not only a global issue,
    but also raise money for UK-based charities. And as the timetable for
    the implementation of WEEE gets closer, we have no excuses not to be
    prepared and ensure our customers comply.