U.S Worries but UK Offers Solutions to the WEEE Directive Compliance on E-Waste Disposal

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Computer Recycling and Donating in UK and WEEE Directive Solutions

Electronic manufacturers in the US are worried about the implications of the EU WEEE directive legislation due to come into force this year, expressed in BusinessWeek Online article*.
Businesses need to comply with the WEEE; eliminating the dumping of e-waste. Maxitech.biz provides an ethical and practical solution enabling companies to conform to the new law.

In an article written by BusinessWeek Online, the implementation of the WEEE directive has caused fear amongst companies wanting to dispose of electrical and electronic equipment due to lack of preparation for the new law. Current regulations in the US regarding recycling are weaker, however 'Silicon Valley companies are working hard to meet new European Union rules on such matters as electronics, recycling, toxic substances and chemicals' (San Francisco Chronicle Brigitta Forsberg 20/01/05).

BusinessWeek Online emphasised the fact that companies are unprepared for the WEEE and its sister RoHS directive and expressed concerns regarded the abolishment of lead being used in the make-up of electrical and electronic equipment (RoHS). The WEEE directive should come into place on 13th of August 2005. This indicates that the deadline for complying with the new law is approaching rapidly.

The RoHS (Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances) directive eliminates the use of electronic appliances with lead, as this is harming the environment. It is key that appliances containing substances such as lead must be recycled professionally. New electrical appliances are currently being developed without toxic products.

The directive will prevent electrical and electronic equipment waste being dumped. In a report published by the BBC, it was thought that 200 million electrical products ended their life in landfills. BusinessWeek Online advised that electronic waste in Europe accounts for about 4% of the 2 billion tons of general waste discarded every year but the amount is growing swiftly, a halt needs to be put to this. The directive thereby promotes the re-use and recycling of appliances.

Maxitech.biz dedicates itself to this process, thus will take on the entire procedure involving disposal of redundant business electronics. Maxitech.biz provides social responsible solutions; after refurbishment when desired the device can be donated to a charity of choice.

Moreover, redundant IT goods can be re-sold therefore recovering up to 5% of its initial cost.

In a pilot programme over the past two years, MAXITECH.BIZ has found that a typical organisation can recover 5% of the initial cost of redundant IT equipment while meeting the requirements of WEEE. And one firm in three can actually generate a positive return from their recycling programme, delivering an unexpected boost to hard-pressed IT budgets.

Peter Paduh, Managing Director of MAXITECH.BIZ said:
"While companies are beginning to increase their IT spending there is a common, but unfounded, fear that the WEEE Directive is going to eat into these budgets through administrative burdens and increased business costs of disposal of the old equipment.

``However, recovering around 5% of the original value of old electronic equipment, whilst still meeting the requirements of the WEEE, is possible through the Wholesale Asset Maximisation programme operated by MAXITECH.BIZ. After two years of successful trials, the programme has proven that our clients can get back some of the costs of disposing their IT and Electrical equipment and in about 1/3 of cases can provide additional returns.

``We urge businesses to put the issue on their agenda now to ensure compliant, financially beneficial, disposal schemes are in place and avoid the potential high costs."

Teaming up with Maxitech.biz also allows for unemployed youths to receive work experience, which ultimately leads to recognised qualifications and employment.

"When organisations upgrade technology, redundant equipment will need disposal. In most situations this equipment ends up in landfills. The arrival of the WEEE Directive means businesses now have to consider recycling sooner rather than later, and we are looking to all businesses to take a lead and adopt a socially responsible policy with regards to redundant equipment," commented Peter Paduh, managing director of Maxitech.biz

In order to fulfil to the new recycling law, companies must meet the terms of the WEEE directive sooner rather than later. To facilitate the recycling process organisations should create a partnership with an established recycling company such as Maxitech.biz.

*http://www.nbc13.com/money/4103963/detail.html

Further information about responsible recycling and the WEEE Directive can be found at http://www.maxitech.biz.

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Notes for Editors:

Maxitech.biz is a multi-award-winning, socially and environmentally focused company dedicated to reusing and recycling redundant IT and electronic equipment. Based in London, the company can arrange for the nationwide collection of IT and electronic equipment at low cost. Maxitech's preference is to reuse equipment received, thus prolonging its lifespan, minimising waste and benefiting charities and community groups who receive low-cost or free IT equipment. Maxitech provides more than 100 training opportunities each year for refugees and long-term unemployed people through its Edge Employer Award winning programme, to help them get into full-time employment. For further information visit http://www.maxitech.biz

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