In the light of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) Sims chief executive Graham Davy has called for all UK businesses to be educated about the importance of recycling.
Speaking to MRW in response to this call, CBI senior policy adviser Richard Foreman said: CBI policy, developed in conjunction with its members, fully supports the principle of recycling as an aid to resource efficiency that is good for business and good for the environment.
The WEEE Directive has only been in force for a relatively short time in the UK, but the CBI has been proactive in informing its members of the recycling opportunities that now exist.
The CBI would support the call by Mr Davy for businesses to take up these opportunities.
Davy said: We need to educate business in terms of the importance of recycling. This is something the WEEE Directive should be doing but despite much discussion and hype before its introduction take up and knowledge of the new law in the UK is still extremely poor.
Sims has specifically called on the UK banking sector to make recycling of old IT equipment a priority for the year 2008, as it claims that it is one sector of business that disposes of old computers.
Davy added: There is no available information as to the recycling performance of WEEE by business as yet and it is unlikely that any such data will become available by business sectors such as banking.
Businesses installing new equipment and waste management contractors disposing of business waste are, in general, aware of their responsibilities under WEEE and are informing their customers of the need for recycling.
The CBI would expect that business awareness of the WEEE Directive will continue to improve and that this will be accompanied by increased recycling of electrical and electronic equipment including computers.
Awareness of the new regulations is indeed growing within the community.The rules are complex particularly as they relate to business.When considering disposal of electronic equipment organisations should first explore the potential to reuse as a whole appliance followed by the harvesting of parts also for reuse. Then and only then should equipment be sent for shredding to recover the various fractions e.g. metal that can be reprocessed and incorporated into new products.
Posted by Terry Maguire, Computer Remarketing Services, 14/01/08