Environmental Protection & Preservation
Dataserv Takes Pioneering Role In StEP's Launch To The United Nations
Dataserv, the UK's leading asset retirement
solution provider for ethical recycling and reuse of electronic and
electrical equipment, will be a key participant at Solving the E-Waste
Problem's (StEP) launch to the United Nations and National
representatives in New York today. As a founder member of StEP, and
the only charter member from the UK private sector, Dataserv is taking
a pioneering role in raising awareness of the hazards of e-waste and
promoting the creation of global standards in the processes of
recycling electronic scrap (e-scrap) to harvest valuable materials and
minimise environmental pollution.
One of the fastest growing components of the global waste stream,
e-scrap is also, arguably, one of the most troublesome. The European
Environmental Agency calculates that the volume of e-scrap is now
rising roughly three times faster than other forms of municipal waste.
The total annual global volume of e-scrap is soon expected to reach
roughly 40 million metric tons enough to fill a line of tipper lorries
stretching half way around the world.
At StEP's launch on 19th April, Dataserv will spearhead two - ReUse
and ReCycle -of StEP's five taskforces, which will help shape
government policies worldwide and address the issues related to
re-design and product life expectancy, reuse and recycling, and help
build relevant capacity in developing nations.
The ReUse taskforce will focus on the development of replicable and
sustainable reuse/refurbishment/spare parts development systems in
order to minimise environmental, health and safety impact, while the
major objective of the ReCycle taskforce will be to enhance
infrastructures, systems and technologies to recognise sustainable
e-waste recycling. Dataserv will be at the forefront of the
taskforce's efforts to initiate international, inter-stakeholder
cooperative activities and dialogues on a scientific basis to find
economically, environmentally and socially sound solutions to the
growing problem of e-waste.
Neal Saunders, Managing Director, Dataserv
, comments: "The enormous
growth in e-waste, particularly from computing and office equipment,
is being fueled by the transition from analogue to digital
technology. As a result, we're seeing rapid product innovation and
shorter lifecycles as both consumers and businesses replace electronic
equipment with increasing frequency. While the developed nations may
have rigorous processes in place to deal with e-scrap, in many less
developed countries that is certainly not the case; in fact, many
unscrupulous recyclers often use the developing countries as dumping
grounds for e-waste or as illegal recycling centres."
"Through StEP, we hope to educate the developing nations about the
best practice of dealing with electronic scrap and create a change in
global thinking about the treatment of e-waste. I am therefore
delighted that we are speaking at both the ReUse and ReCycling
taskforces. This is a global issue not just one country's problem and
it's crucial that we awaken the consciousness of the United Nations to
the perils of the reuse and recycling of electronic equipment."
Ruediger Kuehr, United Nations University's StEP Secretariat, says, "A
global guide to dismantling e-scrap and maximizing the recovery and
controlling of recovered substances is a major StEP objective. We are
pleased to have a pan-European company such as Dataserv as a founder
member and are confident that their in depth experience of recycling
and reusing electrical and electronic equipment will have a major
impact towards achieving StEP's objectives."
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