Electronic waste recycling gathers momentum

The leading consumer electronics manufacturer Grundig has launched a scheme in Germany to collect and recycle used electronic equipment. Meanwhile, the Industry Council for Electronic Equipment Recycling (ICER) has been launched in the UK to promote a recycling scheme which does not require retailers to take back used equipment. A report from Warren Spring Laboratory (WSL) has added to the debate.1

The spur for the recent interest in recycling of electronic equipment is a proposed German regulation which will oblige retailers to take back and dispose of used items at their own expense. It is expected to come into effect in 1993/94 (ENDS Report 204, p 13 ).

A recent report by the Centre for the Exploitat

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