Environmental alerts to help small businesses - Embedded.com

Environmental alerts to help small businesses


LONDON — Businesses in the electronics sector can now keep up to date with changes to environmental legislation via a registration tool from NetRegs, a website offering practical advice to small businesses on their environmental obligations.

NetRegs has been set up by the U.K.’s environmental regulators and small businesses can register to receive free email updates on developments affecting them.

The e-alerts will cover legislation such as the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive – obliging producers to pay for the treatment and recycling or recovery of goods – and the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive banning the production of new equipment containing more than agreed levels of certain hazardous substances. Businesses can also choose to receive more general updates on a range of environmental issues.

According to a recent SME-nvironment (2005) survey of over 5,000 UK small businesses, 86% were unable to name any environmental legislation, while almost half (47%) said that they wanted more help and advice on environmental issues.

NetRegs is a joint initiative between the Environment Agency in England and Wales, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Environment and Heritage Service (Northern Ireland). The website currently offers specific guidelines for 105 industry sectors in England, Wales and Scotland and 50 industry sectors in Northern Ireland.

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