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Government announces WEEE recycling deadline again

The government has announced its latest implementation plans for the delayed WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive.

WEEE will now come into force on 1 July 2007, with the aim of ensuring that all electronic hardware which is no longer wanted is disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way.

The government originally planned to implement the directive sooner, but announced delays after industry opposition.

The government has now launched a consultation on its latest plans, which will last until 17 October.

The government has proposed the introduction of a network of take-back facilities where users can return old equipment.

There will also be authorised treatment centres to recycle the kit. These will also be used to check how much hardware passes through the WEEE system.

Hardware manufacturers will also have to sign up to a WEEE compliance scheme. Some PC manufacturers already take back kit from their enterprise customers.

The full proposals can be accessed here:

http://www.dti.gov.uk/consultations/

 

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