The government is setting up a free advice service to help smaller companies deal with the European Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive.
The government's pilot Environwise scheme will provide a free DesignTrak factory visit in a bid to cut down the amount of electronic waste entering landfill sites.
The government's cleaner design consultants will spend a full day on-site to analyse the life-cycle of one of the company's products, identify redesign opportunities and develop a practical plan for meeting disposal requirements.
Richard Swannell, programme area manager at Environwise, said: "We are eager to hear from companies interested in participating in the pilot programme.
"A lot of companies are still not aware of their full obligations, and this is particularly true when you consider that a lot of electronic manufacturers are buying in components where they have no idea what raw materials are used.
"We will be able to take them through a dismantling and redesigning exercise to help produce cleaner design within the industry."
The WEEE directive places the responsibility for collection and disposal of equipment on the distributor.
The directive is going through the European parliament, having received the backing of member states via the Council of Ministers. Parallel legislation will also require companies to stop using a range of hazardous or environmentally dangerous materials in their products.
Any company with fewer than 250 employees wishing to request a DesignTrak visit can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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