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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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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
channel 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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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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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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Worn out your vibrator? Relief is at hand

NSFW 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
The Register breaking news 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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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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Exams, contracts, and nuclear research: stupid, stupid, stupid

Letters A secondary school physics teacher sent an open letter to the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and the AQA exam board. He accused the board of putting forward a paper which contained questions that were vague, stupid, insultingly easy, political, and non-scientific. Your thoughts: In two years time, this generation …
Lucy Sherriff, 15 Jun 2007

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
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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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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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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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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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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

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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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: " does not deliver certain items to the Republic of Ireland …
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Dec 2006
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PC makers must follow world's strictest green laws, says Gartner

Laws designed to curb the environmental impact of computer parts will disrupt complex global supply chains unless companies themselves are more stringent, says Gartner. Manufacturers must adopt the toughest laws as best practice if manufacture and supply is not to be disrupted, said Meike Escherich, the principal research …
OUT-LAW.COM, 28 Nov 2006

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 …
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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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Melting technology and missing black holes

Letters It is hot out there. And hot is not good if you depend on bits of metal for a living. This is what Level 3 discovered this week, when its Goswell Road facility took some time out to chill. This news prompted a flurry of emails. Well, one or two. Telling tales of the heat killing technology all over the place: Level3's Goswell …
Lucy Sherriff, 28 Jul 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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Computer energy use under scrutiny

Well-honed phrases about cheaper and greater computing power have all but faded from the marketing, sales, and other promotional material of IT vendors and consultants to the sector. Rising energy costs over the past year, as well as concerns about the scale of availability of energy in the short-term, especially over the …
Bob McDowall, 27 Apr 2006
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Old PCs for new uses

Last year it was time for The Register to move offices. Lying in a small box-room were half a dozen or so redundant computers, unused since our previous move. We decided to get rid of them, but a colleague, John Leyden, had a better idea: he contacted Computer Aid International, the UK's biggest computer recycling charity, which …
Drew Cullen, 28 Feb 2006
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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

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

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

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

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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HP a 'toxic tech giant' says Greenpeace

Environmental activist group Greenpeace launched a series of assaults on the image of the tech industry today, starting by delivering a truckload of waste to the Geneva HQ of HP. They called the company a "toxic tech giant", and called on the firm, and others like it, to clean up its act. It also unveiled a 2.7 metre high …
Lucy Sherriff, 23 May 2005

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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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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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 …, 28 Sep 2004
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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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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
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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 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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Microsoft charity licence gets lukewarm welcome

Microsoft's announcement of changes to the way it charges non-profit and charity groups for its software on second-hand machines has been criticised by refurbishers in the UK. "Microsoft Authorised Refurbishers" will be allowed to install or reinstall Windows ME and 98 onto refurbished machines they sell to not-for-profit …
John Oates, 15 Apr 2004
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EC disposal rules whack small PC builders

In coming months, the member countries of the EU will enact waste disposal laws conforming with the European Commission's Waste from Electrical and Electronic (WEEE) directive. The new regime, coupled with more disposal regulations coming down the line will hit smaller PC makers hardest, according to Gartner. Waste disposal …
Drew Cullen, 08 Jul 2002
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For sale: bust computer breaker

Update Our attention was drawn today by an ad in today's FT offering three related scrap businesses, all in administration, but only one for sale as a going concern. Of particular note is NECP (Computers) Ltd, a prominent computer breaker firm, operating at the grubby end of computer recycling. It's "not going forward", unlike the …
Drew Cullen, 23 Apr 2002
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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
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Coming Soon: The Plastic Bag Tax

Irish retailers could soon face a massive tax bill for placing goods in plastic bags - or rather their customers will pay. But how much - and what exactly is -for tax purposes - a plastic bag, anyhow? Contained in The Waste Management Amendment Bill 2001 which has already passed into law is a provision for a levy of up to 15p/ …
Drew Cullen, 01 Aug 2001
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Europe steps nearer to PC recycling

EU ministers yesterday gave their backing to plans to make manufacturers pay to recycle electronic equipment. Ministers met in Luxembourg and approved a draft law for the Waste, Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, today's FT reports. The agreement will make vendors pay to collect and dispose of unwanted …
Linda Harrison, 08 Jun 2001
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HP recyles PCs – for a price

Hewlett Packard today kicks off a fee-based recycling scheme in the US that offers to take unwanted computers from any manufacturer. The service, available via HP's Website, is part of the US vendor's Planet Partners Program. The recycling scheme includes pickup and transportation for products such as PCs, printers, servers, …
Linda Harrison, 21 May 2001
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EU inches toward PC recycling levy

Europe this week moved one step closer to forcing computer manufacturers to pay to recycle products. The Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive aims to tackle the amount of waste dumped into the environment by consumers. On Tuesday the directive passed its first reading in the European Parliament. …
Linda Harrison, 17 May 2001
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E-minister slams IT recycling claims

Patricia Hewitt, the e-commerce minister, has slammed claims in Sunday Business that retail prices for electronics and IT goods could rise by up to 20 per cent following new EU recycling laws. In a letter to the paper, she said the allegation is "unfounded and simply incredible". Hewitt attacks a number of assumptions in …
Drew Cullen, 24 Apr 2001
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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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PC builders – or garbage collectors?

The European Commission (EC) proposed a Directive yesterday aimed at making PC builders responsible for paying to recycle returned kit. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive could take a year to get through the European Parliament. It may have an uphill struggle as it has already been subjected to …
Linda Harrison, 15 Jun 2000