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Is your old hardware made of gold, or just DIRT?

So you want the money to pay for the office Christmas party, naturally. We're all told endlessly that all those piles of old electronics and high tech'n'stuff are denuding the planet of valuable metals, so you should be bundling up your kit and sending it off to people like me who will melt it down for the dosh, yes? I'll send …
Tim Worstall, 2 Nov 2011
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Little guy trampled in meaty WEEE overhaul

An independent IT retailer group has slammed the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and accused it of “ignorance” over what the outfit sees as discrimination against small shop owners within the WEEE legislation. ITACS chairman Matthew Woolley told The Register that small UK shops that sell and repair …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 May 2009
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Hire your very own Fred the Shred

Infosec: DiskShred Ltd and Secure IT Disposals have both introduced services guaranteeing storage device destruction involving lorry-borne industrial grade shredders turning up at your site, chewing up disk and tape drives and grinding them to bits. Both were at InfoSecurity 2009 with bits of hard drives in boxes to show what they can …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2009
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Dept of Business waves WEEE stick at electronics vendors

The British government is pleased with how the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) disposal scheme is working out, a year on from its inception. Collection has exceeded the EU target by 2kg per person, which is pretty good considering how poorly the UK usually fares with waste disposal and recyling. The government …
Drew Cullen, 11 Jul 2008

Greenpeace: iPhone crit makes for more headlines

Eco-oriented non-governmental organisation Greenpeace has tacitly admitted it's been focusing its criticism of the mobile phone industry on Apple's iPhone because it gets more headlines. Nothing wrong with that per se. As a campaigner, Greenpeace should be seeking the best opportunities to get its message across. Unless, as …
Tony Smith, 23 Oct 2007
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Apple, Ebay and Amazon receive failing grade from environmentalists

Eco-lobby group Climate Counts has issued a green rating scorecard that lauds Canon and IBM as veritable Planeteers, but dumps on eBay, Amazon and Apple as planet-hating muckity-mucks. The group scored 56 well-known companies on 22 criteria based on their self-reported actions. Points were awarded or deducted for corporate …
Austin Modine, 3 Jul 2007
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Most UK companies ignoring WEEE directive

The majority of companies who should have signed up to WEEE directive schemes last week have failed to do so. But that's all right because the Environment Agency is not taking enforcement action even though the deadline has passed. All companies producing electronic equipment should have joined a scheme by last Thursday 15 …
John Oates, 21 Mar 2007
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SMEs still in dark over WEEE

SMEs remain wildly ignorant of new electronic equipment disposal regs, according to a leading UK IT reseller. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) legislation passed another significant milestone this week. The deadline for kit producers to join a disposal compliance scheme was 15 March. A survey conducted by …
Lewis Page, 16 Mar 2007
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What's Green for Wal-Mart is Green for America

The Greening of Wal-Mart, America's least popular popular retailer, continues apace. This time it is putting the squeeze on consumer electronics suppliers, with a scorecard to assess the "sustainability of their products". Products are to be marked for hazardous materials, packaging, durability, upgradability and …
Drew Cullen, 12 Mar 2007

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