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Budgetpack offers free WEEE month

Compliance scheme Budget Pack are offering companies a free assessment of their electrical and electronic products this month, ahead of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) legislation due to come into force shortly.

The new regulations will affect all businesses that manufacture, sell, distribute, recycle or treat electronic or electrical products. The aim being to reduce electronic and electrical waste and improve recycling rates through placing the responsibility of waste management onto the producers rather than local authorities or the general public. The legislation will partially come into effect on August 13 and will be fully operational by June 2006.

The month-long 'No WEEE, No fee' offer has been launched to help companies prepare and comply with the new WEEE regulations, and work out which of their products will and won't be affected by the legislation. Recent implementation of the legislation in Ireland has highlighted a great deal of uncertainty over what falls within the scope of the regulations.

Budget Pack is looking at companies on an individual basis, and advising them on what action needs to be taken if their products fall within the new rules. Its objective is to make it easy for companies to understand their obligations under the potentially confusing new regulations, as well as stopping them spending money unnecessarily on huge new systems.

Budget Pack managing director Stephen Clark said: "Some companies have tens of thousands of products but there may only be about 20 or 30 that they need to work on."

Budget Pack are currently coordinating working groups with the Photo Imaging Council to determine certain products inclusion in the regulations and Mr Clark went on to explain that there were already "a number of exemptions", meaning that some companies would find it very easy to comply with the new regulations whereas other less prepared businesses will find it very difficult.

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