Premier Waste Management is urging businesses in the North East not to fall foul of EU regulations concerning waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE).
European MPs have now agreed a tough new target for disposing of e-waste in the latest bid to increase the amount of waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) which is collected and recycled.
Member States, including the UK, should collect 85 per cent of the e-waste they produce from 2016, if the proposals are adopted. The original target was set at 65%.
The new proposals would also make producers and retailers responsible for funding the collection of WEEE from households.
The current Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive was made law in July 2007 and aims to encourage greater reusing, recycling and recovery of electrical equipment.
Under the current legislation, public bodies and businesses which rely on other organisations to dispose of their WEEE, must ensure that they are a registered waste carrier and that the waste is accompanied by a ‘waste transfer note’ or ‘hazardous waste consignment note’ and taken to a suitable facility to be treated and recycled.
It is already illegal for businesses to dispose of WEEE in general waste and they are required to prove that their WEEE was given to a waste management company and was treated and disposed of in an environmentally sound way.
Commenting, Adrian Denton, Divisional Director at Durham based Premier Waste Management said: "These new targets show, once again, that WEEE recycling is a very complicated issue for business. It can be a very time consuming, and therefore costly process.
"That is why Premier Waste offers waste electrical and electronic equipment collection and recycling to businesses across the North East meaning that one call sorts the issue out properly and responsibly.
"WEEE encompasses all electronic and electrical equipment from the most specialized printing press to the memory stick on your key-chain, from the laptop on your desk to the toaster in your staff canteen. It is all covered by the WEEE Directive.