New E-Waste Legislation in the UK
New legislation in the UK is now requiring manufactures and retailers of electronic goods to invest in e-waste programs. Under the new legislation, manufacturers have to fund recycling schemes while retailers must offer free take-back services or help fund the expansion of a network of a Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) collection points.
This is all great news, but some valid concerns have been brought up about the efficiency of the recycling schemes. Under the new rule, manufacturers report to the Environmental Agency how much IT they sold to consumers and they in turn tell each company what percentage of recycling they are responsible for. Essentially lumping all e-waste into one collective pool and then dishing out a proportionate amount of responsibility to each company to deal with.