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‘Unstoppable WEEE Tsunami’ staunched by PPP plan

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and several Central American Governments have decided waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is both a threat to and an opportunity for the region. A dictionary’s worth of lengthily-be-acronymed groups convened for the ITU/United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Apr 2013
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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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UK.gov has no idea how much WEEE ends up in landfill

The UK government has no idea how many tonnes of electrical and electronic waste ends up in landfill because it doesn’t keep data on the final amounts that have been dumped. Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Ian Pearson admitted to the oversight yesterday. He said that although 184,334.13 tonnes of …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Nov 2008
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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
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Government WEEE's advisory board on quango bonfire

The government is set to scrap four business quangos costing over £8.6m a year to run as part of the coalition’s death march to rein in public sector costs. Business Secretary Vince Cable confirmed this morning that the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property policy (SABIP), the Waste Electrical and Electronic …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Jul 2010
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Even wee companies must adhere to WEEE regulations

Even small companies must provide free, environmentally-sound disposal of the electronic equipment they sell, according to new government guidelines (PDF) intended to clarify the WEEE Regulations. The government has published guidelines for the sellers and users of electrical and electronic goods on how to stay on the right …
OUT-LAW.COM, 13 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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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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New WEEE facility opens in Dublin

Cedar Resource Management has announced the launch of a "state-of-the-art" Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling facility in Dublin. The facility is based in the Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole and was officially opened on Friday by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Dick …
Emmet Ryan, 02 Oct 2006
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WEEE directive hits home straight

The government says it is at last ready to say when it plans to implement the long-overdue European directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). The directive will now come into force on July 1, 2007, according to energy minister Malcom Wicks, who also set out the final proposals for how the directive will be …
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Jul 2006
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PwC warns of WEEE complexity

Consultants at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) are warning their clients that forthcoming WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive will be more than just another regulatory hoop to jump through. The legislation, which should come into force in the UK in June 2006, presents significant challenges, the company says …
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Nov 2005
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DTI confirms another six month wait for WEEE

The government has once again delayed the implementation of a European directive designed to make the producers of electrical and electronic kit responsible for its eventual fate. The WEEE Directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), which will make manufacturers responsible for collecting and recycling end-of-life …
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Aug 2005
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Green Power! WEEE-compliant PSUs

FSP Group is prepping for the EU's upcoming recycling regime, with Green Power. The Taiwanese vendor says the power supply unit is lighter and more energy-efficient than traditional rivals and it is low on hazardous substances. The internal lay-out has been redesigned and use of lighter higher-end components has enabled the …
Team Register, 19 Apr 2005
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Sita flogs WEEE ops to Oz recycling giant

Waste management firm Sita has sold its computer recycling business, MIREC, to Sims Group. Terms were undisclosed. Through the purchase, Sims Group, a publicly quoted Australian materials recycler, extends its reach from the UK to mainland Europe, where Eindhoven-based Mirec has operations or partnerships in 11 countries. The …
Drew Cullen, 05 Oct 2004
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Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control review

There comes a time in every Doctor Who nerd's life when he or she realises that all the money spent on merchandise and tat was wasted. How many Dalek and Tardis toys do you need sitting on your shelves, demanding to be dusted? Are you really going to read through all the scripts from the 2005 season, complete with RTD's …
Tony Smith, 16 Aug 2012
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Hire your very own Fred the Shred

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 do …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2009
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New e-waste rules may be too much for UK business, warns Gov

The Government has said that new electronic waste disposal demands from Brussels may be too difficult for businesses to meet. It has asked for industry's view ahead of summer negotiations on electronic waste. The European Commission is revising its Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive and plans a hike to the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Apr 2009
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Scrap PCs smuggled, dumped in Africa, China

The British government needs to tighten up the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive to prevent e-waste being illegally exported to and dumped in the developing world, according to a charity group. Computer Aid International has launched a petition today calling on the UK gov to provide the Environment …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Sep 2008
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Amazon turns off Ireland's electronic Christmas

Confusion over the way the WEEE directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is implemented in different European states has prompted Amazon to cease shipping qualifying products to the Repubic of Ireland (IE). A spokesman told The Register: "Amazon.co.uk does not deliver certain items to the Republic of Ireland …
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Dec 2006
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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, 02 Nov 2011
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India's wave of e-waste

India's production of high-tech waste is far higher than previously thought, according to a report by Delhi-headquartered environmental organisation Toxics Link. The report claims that the country now generates around 150,000 tonnes of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) a year, including computers, TVs, fridges, …
Bryan Betts, 23 Feb 2007
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Waste computer edict finally hits UK

The long-awaited Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) directive finally comes into force on Sunday, 1 July. Under the European directive, which came into UK law in January 2007, businesses will be expected to fully comply to ensure the safe, environmentally sound disposal of electronic and electrical waste. Hefty …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jun 2007
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Small tech firms say green regs WEEEly unfair

Small IT retailers are footing an unfairly large chunk of the bill for the UK government's much-delayed regulations for disposing of junked electronic kit, a trade group has claimed. The UK government's implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive is "fundamentally flawed", according to the …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Apr 2007
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Oxford University Libraries say chuck out your crap

A memo reaches Vulture Towers from Oxford University Library Services (OULS) warning that the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment(WEEE) regulations are soon to come into force. D-Day for the WEEE regulations is 1 July and will govern how we can dispose of all types of electrical hardware. But this is more than a heads-up …
John Oates, 08 Jun 2007
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M&S ties up managed services deal with Computacenter

Computacenter Services has won a £19m managed IT contract with UK retail behemoth Marks & Spencer (M&S). Under the deal, Computacenter will provide infrastructure and software management support for 4,000 M&S head office staff across six sites over the next five years. The new agreement, which plumps up an existing relationship …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Dec 2007
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Out of this World science fiction exhibition

Christmas 1977, my parents bought me a copy of Pan Books' The Visual Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Visual Encyclopedia of Science Fiction The progenitor? I'd been reading 2000AD since April - from issue eight, since you ask - and was soon devouring secondhand paperbacks by John Christopher, John Wyndham, Arthur C Clarke …
Tony Smith, 23 May 2011
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Lords: Analogue radio must die

Digital radio isn't great and the public doesn't want it, but you're going to get it anyway. So recommends the House of Lords Communications Committee today. 90 per cent of the UK listens to radio, and 94 per cent of listeners are happy with what they've got. The Lords accept most of the points made by critics of DAB and the …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Mar 2010
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Worn out your vibrator? Relief is at hand

During a recent Vulture Central editorial brainstorm it was reluctantly decided that, in the face of mounting reader criticism that El Reg was becoming the IT equivalent of the Sunday Sport, we should forthwith return to our core news values and never more darken the internet with tales of Bulgarian airbags, black cocks, and …
Lester Haines, 17 Aug 2007
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Computer waste law becomes active after long delays

Laws forcing suppliers of IT equipment to dispose of it free of charge in an environmentally sound manner have come into force in the UK. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive of the European Commission became law in the UK on 2nd January. It was originally intended to be transposed into all European …
OUT-LAW.COM, 04 Jan 2007
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Microsoft launches PC-rebuilding scheme

Microsoft Ireland has launched a scheme aimed at keeping PCs out of landfills and re-building them for use by schools and charities. The Microsoft Authorised Refurbisher (MAR) programme, which was officially launched at the Rehab Recycle facility in Tallaght on Thursday, provides companies with a means of disposing of unused or …
Charlie Taylor, 17 Aug 2007
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UK faces legal action over e-waste failure

The European Commission (EC) has threatend legal action against the UK for failing to introduce new e-waste laws. The UK - along with seven other EU nations - have been given a final warning to introduce the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, which deals with the disposal and recycling of electrical and …
Tim Richardson, 12 Jul 2005
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Consumers don't recycle enough, say manufacturers

The UK government must do more to raise consumer awareness of the need for recycling old electrical and electronic equipment, according to a survey commissioned by a consortium of electrical product manufacturers. The survey, carried out by YouGov for the Recycling Electrical Producers’ Industry Consortium (REPIC) assessed …
OUT-LAW.COM, 27 Dec 2005
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Wales to host new £1m CRT recycling plant

A new recycling plant in Wales is set to create 70 jobs by turning old computer waste into something useful. The £1m investment will enable the new Citiraya Recycling Technology plant to recycle old Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) TV screens and computer monitors. The 35,000 square feet plant is due to open in December and will be able …
Tim Richardson, 02 Nov 2004
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Local councils dish out shoddy computer recycling advice

People looking to recycle old computer kit are being given confusing advice by local councils that could lead to identity theft, a consumer group has warned. Which? Computing magazine telephoned more than 100 councils across the UK asking for information on how to safely recycle defunct computers and monitors. Only two fifths …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Mar 2008
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Equipment recycling law delayed again

The UK Government will delay the implementation of an EU law requiring businesses to recycle their old IT and telecoms equipment for a fourth time. The EU's deadline for implementation was 13th August 2004. The Government last indicated, in August this year, that it would have draft implementing regulations ready for …
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Dec 2005
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How to make hard cash from old IT

Small businesses do not need to worry about the cost of complying with new EU rules for disposal of old hardware after all. According to one recovery firm, companies may actually end up making a profit from the WEEE Directive. The WEEE directive (WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) makes manufacturers …
Lucy Sherriff, 13 Aug 2004

Romanian and Turkish scientists turn circuit boards into oil

Whether through a force of expanding environmental activism or just compliance with government edicts, the IT sector is in a pinch over how to safely recycle defunct computers and equipment. Unfortunately, IT kit is packed with enough environmental hazards to put the Toxic Avenger's codpiece to shame. And with each generation of …
Austin Modine, 13 May 2008
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Brace your IT budget for green impact

British businesses are unprepared for costs and consequences of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. The forthcoming legislation aims to regulate how businesses reuse, reclaim, recycle and dispose of surplus electronic equipment. As the final consultation paper from the DTI came out last week as a survey …
John Leyden, 09 Aug 2004
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Dell jumps on UK recycling bandwagon

Dell UK is helping business to recycle their IT equipment. The service is a response to the new Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) legislation, which is to be introduced in 2005. The legislation comes into effect on 13 August 2005 and makes it illegal to inappropriately dispose of IT equipment while ignoring …
Startups.co.uk, 28 Sep 2004
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UK.biz: recruiting talent the number one IT problem

IT directors say their number one problem is recruiting and retaining talent. Despite this, they put flexible teleworking at the bottom of their list of priorities. That's the finding of a survey of 600 UK businesses with up to 1,000 staff by Cisco. Firms which had boosted their turnover by 15 per cent or more in the last year …
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Servers: Refurbish, repurpose or recycle?

With the worst of the recession looking to have passed (touch wood), things are looking up and growth is returning, even if it is erratic. Companies are hiring again and people are buying more, resulting in an increasing pressure on systems and applications. The past couple of years have seen budgets slashed and renewals put on …
Andrew Buss, 07 May 2010
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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 recyclability …
Drew Cullen, 12 Mar 2007
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EU recycling law to cost Dixons £17m a year

Dixons, UK's biggest computer goods and consumer electronics retailer, reckons that new EU recycling laws will cost it £17m a year. The directive will add an estimated £500 million a year in costs to industry in the UK alone, much of which will inevitably pass on to consumers in the form of higher charges, Sunday Business …
Drew Cullen, 26 Mar 2001
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Pollutors whinge, and whinge, and whinge

The European parliament this week voted through some amendments to the proposed The Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE) Directive, which mean that manufacturers will have to pay only for the recycling of their own kit. Under previous proposals, manufacturers were collectively responsible for the handling of waste …
Drew Cullen, 12 Apr 2002

BrainAcademy 2007: are you smart enough?

BrainAcademy, the competition that hands out bursaries to promising computer science students, is kicking off again this summer. Last year the challenge proved too tough for the entrants: no one managed to survive all three elimination rounds to claim the prize. The contest runs on three levels: postgraduate, undergraduate, and …
Lucy Sherriff, 11 Jun 2007

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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Dell and HP have a green moment

HP and Dell have come over all environmentally conscious in the US this summer, albeit temporarily. Both companies have launched free recycling campaigns: HP's will run until early September, while Dell merely says its offer is available for 'a limited time'. HP has announced a summer amnesty on all old computer equipment in …
Lucy Sherriff, 14 Jul 2004
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eBay bids for PC recycling glory

eBay is to tackle "e-waste": obsolete PCs that poison the environment when dumped in landfills. At CES yesterday the online auction giant announced the Rethink Initiative, to promote re-use and recycling. The centrepiece is a website that helps consumers and businesses learn about product disposal options, such as recycling and …
Jan Libbenga, 06 Jan 2005
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Old PCs are goldmine for data thieves

Organisations are risking seeing sensitive information ending up in the wrong hands, because they are failing to ensure that their unwanted PCs are properly datawiped. Data is erased from less than a quarter of discarded PCs, according to UK PC recycling firm Remploy e-cycle. Seventy five per cent of 350 firms it quizzed sold …
John Leyden, 03 Sep 2004
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UN call to tackle landfill Africa

A United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) meeting this week will discuss the growing threat from toxic electronic waste being dumped on developing countries. Last week, UNEP reported that criminal dumping of in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire, had caused the deaths of at least 12 people and forced 100,000 to seek medical attention …