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A WEEE problem?

A Hampshire computer recycling company has said small companies are still unaware of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. Greenline was established in 1998 and offers a nationwide computer recycling disposal service. Its clients include small individual businesses to large blue chip companies. Managing director Adrian Street said:We find that larger companies are more aware of WEEE than the smaller companies. I guess the smaller companies have more important things to worry about than the larger ones. As the year moves on the message will eventually get across and more companies will be aware of it. The Environment Agency has been promoting the WEEE regulation since December 2006. It has worked with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and relevant trade associations to make public the fact that companies dealing with electrical goods have to sign up to producer regulations. A spokesman said: We have been pushing the message to different parts of the electrical and electronics industry to reinforce the message that the regulations are in place and that they need to sign up to them. We realise that it takes a while for everyone to come on board. But some of those who have not registered may not have electrical goods as a big part of their business, so they think they do not have to register but they do. We are continuing to raise awareness among these companies ourselves and with other bodies like Business Enterprise Regulatory Reforms. If the EA find a company which has been aware of the regulations and deliberately avoided registering than we will take enforcement action against them.

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