A consultation has been launched into how treatment facilities dealing with electrical waste can meet tighter permitting controls that are due to be introduced at the end of this year.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is seeking views on proposed changes to the treatment of electrical waste as required under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive.
From January 1 2006, these facilities will need to apply for waste management licenses with conditions that will ensure that waste electrical equipment and its parts and components are recovered as far as possible.
Local environment minister Ben Bradshaw said: "This initiative is designed to improve the environmental performance of the facilities that treat electrical waste disposal and ensure the infrastructure is in place to meet the directive's requirements.
"As a consequence we hope recycling in this sector is increased and waste for final disposal is reduced."