Sunday, February 22, 2009

WEEE

electrical wasteI am the sort of bloke who keeps “stuff” that might come in handy. My garage, shed and loft are full of it. I also tend to keep things as back up spares if they are still serviceable when I buy something new. Sometimes I just keep them for spare parts. But every now and again I have a clear out. So, piled up in my garage ready to go to the Chigwell Road Recycling and Reclamation site are: a dead flat screen TV, a dead set top box, a dead DVD player, a dead scanner, a hot tray, another scanner [serviceable but a Scussi connection], a serviceable 19 inch CRT monitor, a old hi-fi, a 33kbits external modem, And various other redundant bits and pieces.

Being an environmenally friendly sort of bloke this didn’t worry me too much as back in January 2007 The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) came into force. So all this stuff is going to be broken down and recycled or disposed off sensibly, right! Wrong! Possibly!

The Independent reports:

Tonnes of toxic waste collected from British municipal dumps is being sent illegally to Africa in flagrant breach of this country’s obligation to ensure its rapidly growing mountain of defunct televisions, computers and gadgets are disposed of safely.
Oh Bugger! Grrrr! What am I going to do now?


What am I going to do now?


What am I going to do now?

As Spike Milligan would say.

5 comments:

  1. Very interesting - until reading this I thought that WEEE was something to do with a night's drinking in the Fairlop Oak.

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  2. I just knew I'd get some toilet humour.

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  3. Have you tried www.WEEEcollect.IT a FREE UK based PUBLIC solution

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  4. Hve you seen www.WEEECollect.it

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  5. Weeell, weeell, weeell!
    I'll check 'em out.

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