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Offices don't know WEEE

Hundreds of UK businesses are unaware of the Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive and their obligation to dispose of old computers responsibly, according to an IT recycler.

Digital Links International refurbishes UK companies' old computers for reuse in Africa and chief executive David Sogan said: "We have unsolicited calls from companies, particularly small to medium enterprises (SMEs), asking what they can do with their PCs. They often have absolutely no idea of the waste regulations, or even that computers could be considered a hazardous waste."

Sogan's claims show that while IT producers such Dell have set up recycling services for their clients, many firms up and down the country haven't realised they must dispose of their computers in line with legislation, once it finally takes effect.

Sogan said that this problem was most common among SMEs, and previous research has shown that only half of the UK's IT managers were aware of the directive.

However, Sogan added that larger companies were "a bit more on the ball".

An indication of this was Digital Links donor list, which was smattered with big firms like Ford, Reuters, Shell, Barclays, Bupa, Unicef and the Guardian.

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