The WEEE directive was ratified into law by the European Union in 2003. Some three years later, the UK adopted the legislation after agreement in Parliament and signing into law by the Crown.
WEEE (Computer) recycling toolkit
IT-Green is a (Computer / telecoms recycling) (WEEE compliant) recycling company, covering the whole of the UK. It currently operates with a view to provding UK businesses with a safe (licenced and
Richard A Johnson
<p>Director at Computer Displays UK Limited, a company trading as IT-Green. A Specialist in the processing of ewaste, IT data security, WEEE and business wastes. Manages Environmental Permitting, Planning, EMS, Environmental Policies and production of recycling processes for treating IT wastes from clients. Produces in-house asset tracking system, client reporting and liasing with UK legislative bodies. </p>
We're annoyed for many reasons, least of all the lack of real reporting on the subject of illegal e-waste export that has been going on for over a decade. We're annoyed with the poor reporting by the UK's media that simply doesn't even take into account the chain of responsibility and refers only to the WEEE directive.
The US is taking on some serious issues associated with e-waste. Many states have taken on the idea of preventing e-waste from entering landfill sites- a somewhat belated idea, leaving them lagging way behind the rest of the world.
Although the Green IT agenda seems to have left global centre stage for the time being (economic downturn etc), this initiative looks to have fallen foul of lack of awareness. I'm talking about something called the Greening Government ICT Strategy, developed by the UK Government Green ICT Delivery Unit of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council.
They tout themselves as being Computer recyclers and WEEE recycling businesses, but a number of operations within the UK's recycling industry look to involve organised crime. A number of raids carried out by the Environment Agency over the past months have highlighted the illegal trade in hazardous electronic and computer waste, with the majority of non-working, totally obsolete equipment being destined for Africa.
We've been using Prodigy Networks as out ISP for over 4 years at both business locations, but last week, BT pulled the plug on the service. Or, to be more precise, BT wholesale pulled the plug on the ISP.
Richard A JohnsonIT-GreenIt's been the bane of my existance since the inception of the WEEE directive in the UK and the Environment Agency continue to fight an uphill battle in trying to prevent it. We're all aware by now of the issue with e-waste export, but what many Companies, schools, charities and even local authorities throwing out their obsolete computers don't realise is that they need to carry out due dilligence as part of the recycling process.
Well, we did it. It's been a 3 months slog, but we finally got ATF registration through this week...
I guess you could call it a usual day in the office, phone ringing, guys out on a pretty big collection (7.5 tonne truck filled to the brim with old IT hardware) and Kev stripping down perfectly working P4m laptops (contraband customs and Excise seizures)- life's all tickedy boo.
I've just taken a call from a guy who bought a new system and wanted to use his old PS2 keyboard on his new USB only baseunit. He bought an adapter to convert from PS2 to USB and.........
Okay, so my posts have, so far, focused upon the recycling of obsolete e-waste and the associated green side of this initiative. How about the other side of the IT bandwagon, that of green datacentres and greener computing systems.
Plastics are the scurge of the I.T recycling industry.
There's a change of wind in the air. With the CKS Group having just gone into administration this Summer (I undestand an investment of £8 million was made in the latest plant in Cinderford, Gloucestershire) the processing plants will soon be idle, unless a rescue package is implemented and to be honest with you, given the current financial climate, coupled with the recycling market, I doubt it'll happen.
IT-Green is currently undergoing some major changes and I guess it's fair to say that being one of 2 directors, I'm in the driving seat (not to blow my own trumpet or anything) . Lets get one thing straight from the start, running a Business is not easy....
The directive was introduced to little fanfare in the UK about this time last year. A large number of reprocessors jumped on the WEEE bandwaggon, hoping to make quick and "profitable" exercise out of the affair.