New proposals to boost electronics recycling
4 December 2008 — 2:00 PM
The European commission is proposing new rules that aim to encourage businesses and individuals to properly recycle their electrical waste.
It is thought that the new changes in the law could inspire many to ensure they are properly recycling mobile phones, computers, printers and other electronic items in line with existing advice.
Following the blueprint of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive), which was introduced in 2004, the commission is proposing revisions that include "higher but more flexible targets".
Commenting on the move, environment commissioner Stavros Dimas said: "As modern society increasingly relies on electrical and electronic equipment it is very important that they have as little impact on the environment as possible."
Although the WEEE Directive has been in force since August 2004, the European commission feel not enough is being done to tackle the problem of electrical waste - with estimates suggesting two-thirds of such waste currently goes to landfill and other treatment sites.
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