From BBC News: EU Adopts New e-Waste Law

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Recycling ensures that toxic metals in e-waste are extracted safely

From the BBC today: The European Parliament has passed a new law to curb dumping of electronic goods such as mobile phones, computers and TV sets in landfill sites.

From 2016 EU member states will have to collect 45 tonnes of e-waste for every 100 tonnes of electronic goods put on sale during the previous three years.

By 2019 the target must rise to 65 tonnes, or member states can opt to collect 85% of total e-waste generated.

EU officials say only about one-third of e-waste is treated appropriately. See story.

Related story: Britain’s e-Waste Leaking Abroad.

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