A not-for-profit recycling company is acting in response to the EU's recycling initiative, the WEEE Directive, offering an ethical, and practical, solution for disposing of end-of-life electronic equipment.
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The directive, which comes into force this year, will require that redundant electrical equipment is re-used or recycled and not dumped.
However, there are concerns that without a clear national disposal network equipment can not be disposed of safely.
An estimated 200 million electrical items are cited as ending up in non-hazardous landfill sites per year.
“With the arrival of the WEEE Directive businesses have to consider the recycling of their IT equipment as part of their business strategy” said Peter Paduh, managing director of Maxitech.biz, which provides nationwide collection of IT and electronic equipment at a low cost.
Maxitech guarantees that non re-usable equipment received is re-cycled to approved standards by authorized specialists, hesaid.
"We are also a social enterprise, providing training to local unemployed and unskilled youths,” Paduh added.
In a two-year pilot programme Maxitech.biz found that a typical organisation can recover 5% of the initial cost of redundant IT equipment while meeting the requirements of WEEE.
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