Sunday, January 22, 2012

European Union retailers to be required to accept e-waste without charge, says Parliament

Have you had it with your old electronics? Need help finding a place to get rid of them? Well the EU wants to help you out with that. In an effort to increase electronic waste collection from four kilograms per capita to 20, the European Parliament has approved plans that would require electronic retailers with a retail space of 400 square meters or larger to accept e-waste for disposal, free of charge. The new set of rules are set to be implemented over the next 7 years. It is also a part of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive, a measure that also aims to limit illegal e-waste exports to developing countries.

Now you can get rid of your old gadgets without harming developing countries. What's not to like?

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