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Electronics Production | June 16, 2006

WEEE recycling cheaper than expected

Costs for the recycling of waste electronics faced by consumers purchasing new equipment are much lower than was feared, Hewlett Packard said this week.

As debate rages in the UK on whether the government should impose a fixed "visible fee" on products to cover recycling, the computer hardware specialist revealed costs in countries already enforcing Europe's Waste Electrical and Electronic equipment (WEEE) Directive. Hewlett Packard said recycling fees placed on the sale of new laptops could be as low as five pence The Directive makes producers responsible for recycling waste electrical items, but allows costs to be placed on the sale of new equipment to cover the recycling of items placed on the market before the Directive came into force. Click here to read the full story at letsrecycle.com
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