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WEEE Could Cost Charities

8 August 2003

Proposed regulations on waste disposal could see voluntary and community organisations lose out on the much-needed revenue they generate from selling donated printer cartridges for recycling, Network News reports.

The argument hinges on how 
the Department of Trade and Industry chooses to interpret aspects of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Directive, which entered into force in February 2003 setting collection, recycling and recovery targets for all type of electrical products.

The UK Cartridge Recycling Association warns that if printer cartridges are not classed as electric waste, manufacturers will not need to recycle spent cartridges. A spokesperson for charity ActionAid is quoted as saying that selling cartridges it receives to recyclers raised £400,000 in the first six months of this year.

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