IT directors get recycling reprieve

UK energy minister Malcolm Wicks announced that the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive (WEEE) has been pushed back until at least June 2006.

UK energy minister Malcolm Wicks announced that the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive (WEEE) has been pushed back until at least June 2006.

The go-live date had already been delayed five months to this month, but the minister believed that more time was needed to work out implementation details.

WEEE is intended to make makers and users of technology take responsibility for equipment disposal.

The UK is one of seven other European countries facing legal action from the European Commission for failing to make the directive law.

But Intellect, the trade body for the hi-tech industry, welcomes the announcement.

“Whist the UK hi-tech industry is supportive of all measures designed to protect the environment, we are also committed to ensuring that the legislation which emerges from the consultation process is both equitable and workable for all producers of electric and electronic equipment,” says John Higgins, Intellect’s director general..

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