Findings of the research will help all electrical and electronic
manufacturing companies work towards the implementation of the
European Union's 2004 WEEE directive, which is designed to increase
the levels of refurbishment and recycling of old electrical
appliances, including IT equipment.
The research, which will be completed
in March 2004, will include data from the UK's first local authority
WEEE facility, to be opened in Peterborough early next year.
Leading the research is UK CEED's WEEE
Project Manager Hugh Knowles.
He said: "We are delighted to
have the opportunity to advance understanding in the UK of the
implications of the WEEE Directive and work with major companies such
as HP and Sony.
"The 2004 directive has major
implications for producers in areas such as product design, supply
chains, marketing strategies and brand protection. It also has
implications for local authorities and waste collection companies in
terms of designing new routes for collection and processing of the
waste raw materials.
"The research we do will identify
best practice options for collecting, processing, remanufacturing and
recycling WEEE items. It will also analyse what data can be generated
and at what cost.
The UK CEED research is being carried
out in partnership with the European Recycling Platform, of which Sony
and HP are members, and Peterborough City Council.
Peterborough's City Council leader
Cllr Ben Franklin said: "More and more electrical goods are being
brought across Peterborough and the UK, and many of these are being
land-filled, and the number is increasing. Peterborough sees the
solution to cope with electrical and electronic waste by recycling and
"The era of recycling and re-use
is truly upon us and we see the WEEE directive as a positive step
towards solving the electrical and electronic waste issue."