Dataserv Takes Lead Role In StEP’s Launch

Dataserv Takes Lead Role In StEP’s Launch

When the Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) initiative launches today at the United Nations, founding member Dataserv will be a key participant in the project.

Dataserv, a leading e-waste recycling company in the U.K., will work to raise awareness of the hazards of e-waste and promote the creation of global standards in the processes of recycling electronic scrap to harvest valuable materials and minimise environmental pollution.

One of the fastest growing components of the global waste stream, e-scrap is also 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 dumptrucks stretching half way around the world.

Dataserv will spearhead two of StEP's five taskforces, ReUse and ReCycle, 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 recognize sustainable e-waste recycling.

Neal Saunders, Managing Director of Dataserv, said of the problem, "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."

Saunders added, “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. ... 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.”