In the first of a series of articles on the countdown to the EU's new e-waste laws Dell's Jean Cox-Kearns warns that the WEEE directive will effect all businesses
I'm sure many of you already know that the 1st July 2007 sees the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulation coming into force. Electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) is one of the fastest growing areas of waste and these regulations aim to reduce the amount of WEEE going to landfill and increase recovery and recycling rates.
While there remains some confusion over the WEEE directive, one thing is clear: it will have an impact on all businesses, whether you are a manufacturer, distributor, retailer or end-user.
Producers of EEE will be held responsible for the environmental impact of their products; however end-users will also have a responsibility in ensuring they arrange for the safe disposal of EEE.
What's more the WEEE regulations apply to all EEE, including IT & telecommunications equipment, lighting and even medical equipment.
Over the next few weeks I will be outlining some of the key areas that you as a business need to be aware of in order to comply with the new law.
In the meantime, if you require any information you can get all the latest information on the WEEE directive here.
Jean Cox-Kearns is Dell's take-back and recycling manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
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