Here WEEE go recycling
Here WEEE Go Recycling
With the WEEE regulations finally coming into effect in the UK at the start of July, LabTechnologist.com looks into the implications for laboratory users and suppliers.
Technically the end-user is now not allowed to throw waste electrical items into the bin and they could theoretically face repercussions if the Environment Agency was to discover that WEEE was not being recycled appropriately.
Responsibility for the collection and recycling of WEEE has been placed on the equipment supplier once they have been notified about the need for disposal.
With government registration being prohibitively expensive for small companies in terms of time, effort and paper work as many as 37 compliance schemes have been set up to help reduce these costs.
The WEEE directive was agreed in February 2003 along with the Restrictions of the use of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in electronic equipment and together they aim to reduce the amount of waste entering the environment.
This has led a group of trade associations, including the UK's laboratory technology industry trade body GAMBICA, to set up a not for profit organisation called b2bcompliance.
According to David Burton, project director at b2bcompliance, the organisation has been set up to protect the interests of their members and provide an entire service to clients from registration to disposal as well as supplying evidence they are complying with the legislation.
While the deadline for compliance registration was March 15, 2007, b2bcompliance can still enrol producers and with the government starting to chase up companies that are yet to register with a scheme.
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