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December 12, 2011

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Computer Disposal

A concerned citizen also includes one who deals with issues not related to his backyard too. The realization that e-wastage issues relate to the world rather than developed countries alone, is a start to that.

Mandy

Thanks for the interesting article, I am glad I came across your blog. The whole recent issue with electronic recycling and hazardous waste is very relevant, but many people do not understand that the policies are not necessarily meant to attack and regulate businesses as the previous comment explains. The regulations are designed to help protect the environment and keep the countries in line with one another.

richard@ IT Disposals

The WEEE directive has had the same overall impact. However, e-waste (in this context untested WEEE) has left europe in vast quantities, bound for Africa and in the last decade China, Pakistan and India. The key issue here is one of re-use of the waste equipment in it's current form. The UK now has BS PAS141 which requires the testing a certification of waste electrical/ electronic equipment before it's placed back into the consumer chain.

The OECD has a ban on all hazardous wastes, except where permission is given by the government of the country receiving the wastes. Additionally, whilst the current US government is tackling hazardous waste exports head on, the previous administration did not sign up to the OECD.

This nw policy is not protectionist in any way, it is rational and designed to bring the US in line with Europe and other countries throughout the world that are endevouring to prevent the damage to other indigineous populations, brought about by a lack of foresight on behalf of waste management companies. If these companies had sat up and taken notice of this issue a decade ago, there'd probably be no need for this (and significant reserves of gold, platinum, silver, copper, steel, plastics and neodmium for US industry)

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