In the second of our series on the countdown to the EU's new eWaste directive Dell's Jean Cox-Kearns warns that firms need to consider how IT waste will be handled when signing any new hardware contract
But there are two factors in particular that firms should bear in mind when purchasing Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE).
First up check that the company you are buying EEE from is a registered member of a Producer Compliance Scheme - their registration number should be on all their customer facing documentation. This means they will finance the costs associated with the safe disposal of WEEE.
Secondly, when purchasing new EEE, it is vital you agree from the outset who will take responsibility in disposing of products when they reach end of life.
Under the WEEE directive, business to business producers are allowed to transfer the costs of collection, treatment, recovery and recycling onto the end user. This cost has to be listed separately or included in the overall price.
If the producer offers you a discount for accepting the liability of disposal of EEE (which they might), be cautious. While the discount might be substantial, consider carefully the implications of accepting liability for WEEE. Compliance is not easy and producers are often better able to arrange proper treatment at lower costs due to operating on a larger scale.
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Jean Cox-Kearns is Dell's take-back and recycling manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
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