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Weee Roundtable 3rd Dec 2009


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Presntation to Roundtable on
eWaste legislation, London, Dec 2009

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Weee Roundtable 3rd Dec 2009

  1. 1. WEEE Roundtable 3 rd Dec 2009 Tony Roberts Founder & Chief Exec Computer Aid International
  2. 2. Background on Computer Aid <ul><li>100% non-profit re-use (no re-sale) </li></ul><ul><li>Redistribution of technological wealth to DCs </li></ul><ul><li>100s of development applications </li></ul><ul><li>160,000+ PCs to 110 different countries </li></ul><ul><li>Over 5 million kilos of EEE responsibly reused / recycled </li></ul>
  3. 4. What WEEE Done <ul><li>1 st public briefing on WEEE at House of Lords in 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Published two WEEE Guides for Business in 2004 & 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Worked with FRN since 2005, submissions to consultations </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbied effectively for the prioritisation of re-use over recycling </li></ul><ul><li>1 st non-profit - EA licensed AATF – June 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbied for the Environment Agency to be afforded the resources it needed to pursue the eWaste Cowboys </li></ul>
  4. 5. WEEE experience <ul><li>Greater CIO awareness of environment issues </li></ul><ul><li>WEEE Directive did not lead to the expected large increase in donation of IT for re-use </li></ul><ul><li>Partnered with PCSs - still waiting for PCs! </li></ul><ul><li>Most significant growth area was scam ‘re-use’ & associated dumping </li></ul><ul><li>Prospect of prosecution remote </li></ul><ul><li>No reliable data on toxic trade volumes </li></ul>
  5. 6. Guiyu, China
  6. 7. Shared Aims <ul><li>Zero export of untreated WEEE </li></ul><ul><li>Divert all EEE & WEEE into EA licensed & inspected responsible re-use & environment recycling orgs </li></ul><ul><li>Promote responsible re-use clear environmental & developmental benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Prosecute the eWaste cowboys </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Aid opposes lobby for sending EEE-WEEE for refurbishing overseas </li></ul>
  7. 8. Objectives <ul><li>Enforceable definitions of ‘waste’ & ‘refurbished’ </li></ul><ul><li>British Standard for refurbishing </li></ul><ul><li>Move from ‘prioritising re-use’ to increased re-use by setting targets & publishing results </li></ul><ul><li>Secure additional resources for Environment Agency to end sham re-use </li></ul>
  8. 9. WEEE-type legislation <ul><li>Extend WEEE-type legislation to EVERY country </li></ul><ul><li>Zero import/export of WEEE </li></ul><ul><li>Zero dumping of WEEE domestically </li></ul><ul><li>Promote EEE re-use </li></ul><ul><li>Compel WEEE recycling domestically </li></ul><ul><li>Build local re-use & recycling capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Extend Producer Pays Principal Internationally </li></ul>
  9. 10. Thank You <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: Computer_Aid </li></ul>