Up until now Philips had only backed the Repic producer compliance scheme (PCS).
Philips UK environmental manager Geoff Train said: As a global company, Philips is committed to meeting its legal responsibilities everywhere it operates. The Veolia Environmental Services WEEE PCS, beginning in January 2009, will allow us to meet our producer legislative requirements and environmental responsibility within the UK. This will strengthen our partnership with Veolia, who we are already working with in other European countries.
Veolia executive director Tom Spaul added: We are very proud to have Philips as a member of our WEEE PCS. The Veolia Environmental Services PCS gives producers direct access to our national, expert network of recycling and recovery facilities. Members of the scheme have their legal obligations guaranteed with additional online compliance facilities for ease of use.
According to Veolia, the average UK citizen will use up to 3.3 tonnes of WEEE materials in a lifetime. Of these, 69% constitute large household appliances and 13% consumer equipment such as televisions.
The Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) will soon be launching a consumer campaign to make the public aware of where they can recycle their WEEE.
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