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67 Local Authorities Express Interest in Running WEEE Recycling Campaigns
13 December 2011
Weee connect, an industry alliance promoting WEEE recycling, is calling on local authorities to support a national WEEE recycling campaign. 67 local authorities have expressed interest in the campaign and aim to raise awareness of WEEE recycling over the festive period.
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European WEEE Polluting Ghana and Damaging Health
13 December 2011
European e-waste is damaging human health in Ghana, according to a new report published by a European Environmental Group. makeITfair is a project designed to raise awareness surrounding the life cycle of environmental products and their safe recycling
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Global E-Waste Market to Grow amid Tighter Regulation
13 December 2011
SMI reports that the market value of e-waste in 2010 totaled close to $6.8 billion and looks likely to grow for at least the coming decade and it claims that e-waste collection services alone will more than triple by 2020.
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Exposed: How British dealers are cashing in on war memorials
09 December 2011
The Times’ undercover investigation has revealed the breadth and depth of metal theft and how the stolen scrap metal is being passed on to middlemen who ensure that all traces of its origin are removed. It is then smelted and shipped abroad to countries such as China and India.
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MPs take evidence from Rail Minister Norman Baker about cable thefts
09 December 2011
Norman Baker, Transport Minister gave evidence to the Transport Committee and outlined the Government’s response to the signal cable thefts which have hit rail services. He revealed that Network Rail was forced to pay £3.59m to train and freight operators for “disruption caused by delay” on the Western network. The compensation bill increased sharply from the £2.28m paid out in 2009-2010 and the theft has stemmed from lax controls on scrap-metals who have bought the stolen cable from thieves.
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Sustainability: Market increases focus on good corporate citizenship
05 December 2011
The debate surrounding the ambitious WEEE directive targets has resurfaced again with Thomas Knopp, environmental project manager at Panasonic Europe monitoring the company’s WEEE directive targets through a recycling software. While the tougher targets for countries to collect 85 per cent of e-waste by 2016, many are also calling for sustainability to be incorporated into the financial reporting requirements.
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Scrap metal regulations urged to combat theft
05 December 2011
The Local Government Association (LGA) is proposing tougher scrap metal regulations in an attempt to curb the rise in metal theft. The LGA suggests that a ban on cash payments will make it easier for thieves to be traced and targeted.
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Transport Committee opens inquiry into cable thefts on the railway
05 December 2011
The Transport Committee has opened an inquiry into cable thefts on the railway. The Committee is particularly interested in the impact of these thefts on passengers and rail services as well as discussing measures to combat cable theft. The witnesses include senior representatives from Network Rail, Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), British Metals Recycling Association and British Transport Police.
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ECOvanta Reminds Businesses and Consumers to Properly Recycle Electronic Waste this America Recycles Day
23 November 2011
E-waste is the fastest growing segment of the American waste stream, with over three million tons of electronics generated each year and only 14% is actually recovered for recycling. While ECOvanta has provided some top tips for handling e-waste, they fail to take into account the importance and opportunities available for end-of-life E&E equipment.
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WEEE Systems reveals plan to close e-waste loop
23 November 2011
WEEE Systems discussed the company roadmap with Business Green editor, James Murray and highlighted early plans to develop a prototype plant capable of providing reuse and closed-loop recycling services to leading OEMs. The proposed plans call for manufacturers to take ownership and add worth to the complete ‘value chain’ presented by e-waste.
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Is your old hardware made of gold, or just DIRT?
08 November 2011
Considering the price of raw materials is skyrocketing, The Register raises awareness of the true value of raw materials available in end-of-life equipment and the opportunities available for this e-waste to be de-manufactured and the raw materials re-invested into the lifecycle.
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E-waste: What it means for your business
08 November 2011
Recycling Industries reveals that due to the tremendous growth in e-waste, the scrap recycling industry provides a boost of approximately $5 billion to the US economy and, interestingly, at a time of rocketing gold prices, one metric ton of electronic scrap from personal computers contains more gold than that which can be recovered from 17 tons of typical ore.
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National Recycling Week highlights the effects of e-waste
08 November 2011
National Recycling Week, founded by Planet Ark, is a community education campaign designed to raise awareness of the growing e-waste problem in Australia. It seeks to improve the recycling rates of Australians through a targeted campaign that highlights the available networks for the collection and recycling of end-of-life equipment.
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How CIOs can help curb e-waste
02 November 2011
Computerworld raises the question on what role a CIO can play in controlling e-waste. Considering that CIOs are often responsible for IT purchases and life-cycle management it is necessary for them to implement effective policies that can minimise and maximise their organisations’ end-of-life equipment for the benefit of the company.
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Binned PCs were stuffed with MoD and Sun staffers' privates
02 November 2011
A study carried out by the Cyber Security Research Institute (CSRI) on behalf of the Asset Disposal and Information Security Association reveals that 30 per cent of drives making their way onto the second-hand market came with data from previous owners. The report revealed that personal records of The Sun newspaper and MoD staff were found on the hard drives of discarded or resold computers. The report estimates that around 90 million gigabytes of unprotected data is annually discarded from mobile phones, with around 4.5 million gigabytes including personal data such as emails and contact details.
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Motorists warned to protect their catalytic converters from crooks
25 October 2011
Catalytic converter theft is on the rise due to the high market value of the precious metals they contain. Crime reduction officer, Graham Anthony, is calling for motorists to protect their converters by welding them on rather than having them bolted to the exhaust.
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e-Waste and the role of non-profits in Sustainability
25 October 2011
Mike Enberg from BAN spoke at the Green Initiatives conference in Florida to raise awareness on the implications of the toxic materials associated with e-waste.
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EU's plans to toughen up on e-waste are misguided
25 October 2011
There is a global trend in consumers constantly upgrading their technology for the latest must-have gadget, without considering what happens to it once it is outdated. The proposed tougher e-waste targets outline ambitious recycling targets, but only suggest that the target for reusing unwanted equipment is 5%.
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Government ban on cigarette vending machines: What are the benefits?
18 October 2011
The Department of Health has banned cigarette vending machines from pubs, clubs and restaurants in a bid to curb underage smoking and support adults trying to quit. The Department of Health is determined to curtail one of the biggest challenges to public health in the UK, with more than 8 million people in England smoking and more than 80,000 deaths each year.
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Short and lightweight T-Pylon wins DECC grid competition
18 October 2011
The Department of Climate Change, National Grid and the Royal Institute of British Architects has announced the winning, new pylon design as the T-Pylong from Danish architecture firm, Bystrup.
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Right technology, right place, right time, right cost
18 October 2011
WEEE Systems is an innovator in technology lifecycle management and is working with its COSVCON business unit, and CSG, the award-winning managed service and asset finance provider, to provide full asset-level visibility of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of an IT estate. This starts at selection all the way to retirement and is designed to inform and enable necessary future investment through tailored structured financing on optimal terms.
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Old hard drives a fraud risk
18 October 2011
Earlier this year, the Australian Government launched an investigation into the potential identity theft and exposure of confidential documents following the illegal dumping of e-waste in Ghana. The Sydney Morning Herald has revealed that one illegal batch of old computers from a television network included personal contact details of staff and politicians.
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Computer Aid produces e-waste guide for civil society organisations
18 October 2011
Funded by the EU, Computer Aid International has partnered with the Balkans E-Waste Management Advocacy Network to develop a 52-page guide titled ?Electronics and e-waste: a booklet for advocacy? to push for greater change in reducing the environmental, health and social impacts of e-waste.
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New COSVCON and CSG partnership delivers unprecedented insight into financial opportunities for IT estates
12 October 2011
WEEE Systems, an innovator in technology lifecycle management, today announces a new partnership between its COSVCON business unit, and CSG, the award-winning managed service and asset finance provider. Together, COSVCON and CSG now provide full asset level visibility of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of an IT estate, from selection to retirement, designed to inform and enable necessary future investment through tailored structured financing on optimal terms.
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EU seeks 85 per cent e-waste recycling target
11 October 2011
The European Parliament’s environment committee has voted strongly in favour of tougher e-waste targets, which could require countries to collect 85 per cent of e-waste by 2016. MEPs want more stringent legislation in order to increase e-waste recycling rates and further crack down on the illegal exporting of end-of-life equipment.
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Energy bills and emissions still rising due to gadget addiction, says report
04 October 2011
An Energy Saving Trust report reveals that the UK’s growing love affair with high tech and electronic appliances is likely to mean that the UK will fall short of 2020 targets to cut domestic electricity emissions by 34 per cent. The research is rooted in earlier statistics revealing that the number of domestic gadgets and appliances in the average UK household has increased by three and a half times between 1990 and 2009 and energy consumption from these consumer electronic goods rose by more than 600 per cent between 1970 and 2009.
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US Department of Energy pledges greater focus on green transport
04 October 2011
The US Department of Energy (DoE) has declared its commitment to invest in the future of energy vehicle efficiency and pledged its support to redirect some of its $3bn research budget to better support electric vehicles and smart grid technologies. The vow stems from it Quadrennial Technology review of the department’s activities which revealed that it is too focused on supporting technologies that remain years away from commercialisation.
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Ghana, smartphones and the secret to sustainable shea
04 October 2011
SAP and PlaNet Finance have teamed up to create a mobile application that will support the harvesting of shea nuts.
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Dumped Aussie e-waste a security threat
27 September 2011
The Australian Government has launched an investigation into the potential identity theft and exposure of confidential corporate documents as a direct result of illegal e-waste dumping in Ghana.
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IT bosses failing to ensure proper e-waste disposal
27 September 2011
Computer Aid International polled over 100 IT managers and directors in the UK and revealed that a fifth of senior IT decision makers in the UK are not confident that its end-of-life equipment and infrastructure are not being disposed of safely and securely and being diverted from landfill.
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U.S. E-Waste Bill to Boost Recycling and Ban Exports
27 September 2011
US Senator Sherrod Brown is calling for legislation that will promote the domestic recycling of e-waste and severely reduce its exportation to developing countries.
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Missed flight misery after cable thieves shut airport rail link
21 September 2011
The Times reported that thousands of air passengers had their flights disrupted from Stanstead airport due to the train lines being hit with severe damage and extensive copper cable theft.
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Make green pay: the new trend in employee incentives
21 September 2011
The Carbon Disclosure Project Global 500 report revealed the importance of employee responsibilities and financial incentives in order to enforce the required behavioural change and necessary business strategy that can tackle low carbon growth and enhance existing green credentials.
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E-waste ‘may spread worldwide’
14 September 2011
Professor Ming Hung Wong from Hong Kong Baptist University announced at the CleanUp 2011 Conference that the illegal disposing of e-waste to developing countries in recent years, alongside inadequate handling and disposal methods, can actually result in the return of the pollutants to developed nations.
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Don't forget digital e-waste in your green IT endeavors
06 September 2011
John Hopkins University has conducted some research that reveals to what extent digital e-waste will have an impact on businesses productivity levels.
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Mission completed, e-waste lobby evolves
01 September 2011
Similar to America’s recent “National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship”, Australia has formally accepted and passed legislation for a national scheme for the handling of e-waste after a seven-year battle.
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Has China missed a 'rare' opportunity with rare earths
01 September 2011
Deng Xiaoping, former leader of China previously stated ‘rare earth will do for China what oil did for Saudi Arabia’ – and the real extent of this statement is only starting to come to fruition now. The prominence of high-tech devices in our personal and professional lives has meant that rare earths are key components in smartphones, TV’s, laptops and DVD players.
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Getting teens to 'just say no' to e-waste
23 August 2011
DoSomething.org, Best Buy and the US Environmental Protection Agency have announced plans to raise awareness of the environmental issues surrounding e-waste and are encouraging the younger generation to coordinate e-waste collection drives.
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1E and Cisco team up to extend IT energy use oversight
23 August 2011
Cisco has announced it is continuing to promote its energy management agenda with its recent partnership with UK-based 1E.
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Planned Waste-to-Energy Plant May Not Go Ahead
16 August 2011
The UK's largest prospective waste-to-energy power plant may not go ahead, after backers Air Products announced the project would not be viable without further government support.
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Apple Announces Buyback Scheme for eWaste
16 August 2011
WEEE Systems has always believed that best-practice is transferable between the business and consumer sectors, and a new initiative by Apple has proven that.
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B&Q Explores Sustainable Business Strategy
14 August 2011
The Kingfisher Group’s DIY giant, B&Q, has announced it is pursuing new business models with sustainability at their forefront.
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Government Launches ‘Greenprint’ for Sustainable Business Co-Operation
14 August 2011
The government has revealed a new timeline of regulatory action in the eco-sector and models for public/private collaboration.
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Electronic Waste Recycling Helps Sony Cut Emissions
03 August 2011
WEEE Systems congratulates Sony Corporation on exceeding its green targets.
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LG Commits to Certified E-Waste Scheme
03 August 2011
LG Electronics has announced its commitment to third-party certification of its electronic waste recycling worldwide.
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Cloud computing hailed as 'thrilling breakthrough' for cutting carbon emissions
26 July 2011
A new study from the Carbon Disclosure Project has hailed Cloud Computing as a major environmental breakthrough.
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MIT Team Tracks E-Waste Around the World
26 July 2011
A team of researchers at MIT has released a fascinating study into the journeys e-waste, originating in the US, takes across the globe.
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National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship announced
26 July 2011
The Obama administration has announced a major new strategy for the life of electronics in America: from design, to use, to recycling.
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Bye-laws to control e-waste in Ghana at final stage
20 July 2011
The Ghanaian government is in the final stages of drawing up strong new laws to prevent illegal dumping, poor working practices and other abuses by unprincipled e-waste operators in their country.
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Britons hoarding £800 of unwanted mobile phones
20 July 2011
Research by the phone recycling website SellMyMobile has revealed that over 80% of British households have at least one defunct mobile in their possession: obsolete devices that could be sold to specialist recycling outfits for cash gain.
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Hertfordshire WEEE drive yields 57 tonnes of e-waste
13 July 2011
The European Recycling Platform (ERP) compliance scheme, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership (HWP) recently created an initiative encouraging businesses, households, schools and students in Hertfordshire to recycle their waste electrical and electronic (E&E) equipment
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Forrester: The Cloud Is Inherently Green
13 July 2011
Cloud-based systems are typically commended for the infrastructure and energy benefits it brings to end user businesses.
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Hidden costs of asset life cycle management
13 July 2011
Ulze van Wyk, managing director at Africa e-Waste, discusses the importance for organisations to understand the impact and implications of total cost of ownership (TCO) within the decision making process when purchasing new IT equipment.
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Japan finds rare earths in Pacific seabed
05 July 2011
Researchers in Japan have discovered significant despotises of rare earth minerals, a vital part of the production process of modern-day appliances and gadgetry.
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Packaged goods companies under pressure to boost recycling
05 July 2011
Thanks to many advocacy groups, recycling targets are being shifted toward manufacturers of consumer packaged goods in the US, on top of environmental pricing reform (EPR) for electronic waste.
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IT Recycling Centre Due to Open in Las Vegas
05 July 2011
U.S. Micro Corporation is expanding its IT recycling arm with the opening of a new, larger $15 million, 130,000 square foot recycling and data destruction centre in Las Vegas in the US.
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(AMM) Lawmakers push to restrict e-waste exports
28 June 2011
The US has introduced new laws to prevent businesses from discarding electronic waste (e-waste) to developing countries.
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SMEs to benefit from waste responsibility deal
28 June 2011
New Government agreement will help small firms reduce waste by providing better services, cutting costs and making the overall process easier to adopt and implement.
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Bribery law 'could cost British companies billions'
28 June 2011
Strict new anti-bribery laws will mean that UK-based businesses will no longer be able to turn a blind eye to bribes paid by their agents or joint venture partners, even if seen as a locally acceptable part of native business practices.
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Nearly half UK's biggest companies failing to act on carbon emissions law
23 June 2011
A study by The Carbon Trust has recently found nearly half of the top companies in the UK fail on setting targets for their greenhouse gas emissions, despite years of legislation and campaigning against it.
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WEEE Systems promises to tackle blue chips' e-waste woes
23 June 2011
Following a recent interview with Business Green, the editor, James Murray described WEEE Systems as planning to shake up the UK's e-waste sector and pledge to connect blue chip companies with reputable firms capable of repurposing and recycling waste electrical and electronic (E&E) equipment.
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Families face fines and tough recycling rules
23 June 2011
According to The Times, around 3.5 million tonnes of wood is sent to landfill sites each year, 2.9 million tonnes of metal, 1.5 million tonnes of textiles and 7 million tonnes of food.
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Greenpeace welcomes notification of e-waste rule
14 June 2011
Greenpeace India’s campaigning has succeeded with the notification of the E-Waste (Management and Handling) Rule, 2011 on Extended Producer Responsibility principle by the Ministry of Environment & Forest (MoEF).
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E-waste banned from landfill
14 June 2011
A recent law (Session Law 2010-67) passed in North Caroline, USA, has outlawed the disposal of computer equipment and televisions at landfill sites from 1 July 2011.
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Compliance scheme battles 'at root' of illegal WEEE exports
14 June 2011
A leading protagonist in the recycling field claims that the large number of producer compliance schemes active in the UK for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is the root cause of the illegal e-waste scandals.
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Driving sustainability forward: Jaguar Land Rover's Fran Leedham
08 June 2011
Leading organisations are driving the sustainability agenda due to growing pressure to have impressive green credentials.
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Low carbon index aims to galvanise environmental investors
08 June 2011
The Environmental Investment Organisation (EIO) has launched an Environmental Tracking Index Series that weights companies based on their carbon intensity and emissions reporting standards in a bid to make it easier for investors to back the greenest firms.
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Prince's Mayday Network launches free 'green' reporting tool for SMEs
08 June 2011
Environmental business charity, The Prince’s Mayday Network has launched a free reporting tool to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) track their sustainability progress.
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HSBC hails sustainability bonus success story
08 June 2011
HSBC has revealed it has successfully incorporated sustainability indicators into employee assessments, providing them with a clear incentive to help them cut water and energy use, reduce waste and trim their carbon footprint, while also providing a basis for sustainability bonuses.
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SME sustainability 'laggards' missing out on £5.7bn of growth
01 June 2011
Lloyds TSB Commercial research reveals that SMEs are not grasping the business opportunities created by the environmental sustainability agenda and are missing out on a potential £5.7 billion of economic growth over the next three years.
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UN: Failure to recycle rare materials is damaging green economy
01 June 2011
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report reveals that less than a third of 60 metals studies have an end-of-life recycling rate above 50 per cent, while less than one per cent of 34 rare elements are recycled.
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MPs: Recycling can help overcome rare metal shortages
01 June 2011
MPs are calling for UK companies to increase their efforts to reuse rare elements and raw materials from Electronic and Electrical (E&E) end-of-life equipment.
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Chinese rare earth metals prices soar
27 May 2011
A leap in the price of Chinese rare earth metals has triggered fears that the cost of components used in a range of goods from mobile phones to hybrid cars could soar.
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WEEE Systems aims to help firms manage e-Waste
26 May 2011
WEEE Systems is a trusted and reliable partner for leading organisations that require large-scale business and professional Electronic and Electrical (E&E) equipment recycling.
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WEEE Systems Helps Organisations Profit from Growing Volumes of Large-Scale Electrical & Electronic Waste
25 May 2011
WEEE Systems launches today, inviting manufacturers, business and professional users to make the changes needed to effectively transform their growing volumes of large-scale Electrical and Electronic (E&E) waste. WEEE Systems will enable organisations to act responsibly in meeting and exceeding the requirements of the 2016 WEEE Initiative by revolutionising the e-waste sector through step changes in the management of people, process and procedures.
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Businesses fail to audit e-waste, fuelling illegal exports
24 May 2011
The Environment Investigation Agency (EIA) says businesses are fuelling the illegal export of e-waste to developing countries by failing to audit recycled computer equipment appropriately.
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Surge in take up of life cycle assessment tools to improve sustainability
24 May 2011
The increasing demands and high expectations from customers and regulators, for improved environmental performance and transparency are driving organisations’ interest in life cycle assessment (LCA).
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Sustainable business market to hit $60BN by 2013
24 May 2011
Verdantic, analyst firm, predicts that the growing spend and increased recognition of sustainability benefits will see the green business sector reach a ‘tipping point’ in 2013.
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Global E-Waste Program Gets EPA Support
24 May 2011
Raw materials and precious metals are becoming increasingly limited and expensive.
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Video conferencing industry to be worth £2.3bn by 2016
24 May 2011
Ovum reports that the videoconferencing industry will see compound growth of 5.79 per cent annually until 2016, as large enterprises and SMEs are forced to make cost savings and increase efficiencies.
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Britain's e-waste illegally leaking into West Africa
24 May 2011
The 21st century economy continues to produce ever greater volumes of complex E&E equipment, but the effects of this e-waste is being felt in the environment and human health of many poor and developing countries.
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PUMA claims breakthrough in environmental reporting
24 May 2011
Organisations’ green credentials are becoming more important, not only for consumers but for potential partners in business.
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UK e-waste illegally dumped in Ghana
24 May 2011
Merseyside-based Environment Waste Controls (EWC), whose clients are reported to include ASDA, Tesco, Barclays, the NHS and Network Rail, has admitted that electronic equipment from its amenity sites in South London ended up in West Africa after being exported by a third party company.
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Court date set for UK's largest e-waste investigation
24 May 2011
A court date has been set for the UK’s largest ever investigation into the illegal exportation of e-waste.
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