IT managers face new hazardous waste regulations which came into force last week.
The waste acceptance criteria (WAC), which came into force on 15 July, cover the handling and disposal of computer equipment such as monitors, some PCs, fluorescent tubes and televisions.
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According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), companies may find themselves open to prosecution if they fail to comply with the directive.
The regulations will overlap with the European recycling Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) directive, due to be incorporated into UK law in August 2005.
A spokesperson for Defra said, "The most important thing for managers working with IT equipment is that the list of materials considered hazardous is expanding. It could apply to PCs. IT managers should first contact their waste contractor to get some tailored advice about how they need handle their waste." Defra said smaller businesses may be able to register an exemption.