go to corporate waste collectors,who will in turn pass on the costsof collecting and recycling to themanufacturer. We coordinate thecollection of discarded equipmentvia the corporate waste collector.Consumers can bring theirdiscarded equipment to storesand municipal collection points.In 2007, we collected 20.5 millionkilograms in total of electronicwaste – up from 18 million in2006.”
What else does ICT~Milieu do for itsmembers?
Vlak: “We promote environmentalconsciousness in our memberorganizations. Furthermore, we
handle nancial and administrative
matters and the yearly monitoring
Following the issuing of a plethora of regulations, the Dutch IT sector has beenforced to face up to its environmental responsibilities. The aim of ICT~Milieuis not only to assist its members in this cause, but also to anticipate theupcoming regulations regarding energy saving and CO
reduction. Jan Vlakfrom ICT~Milieu explains how an innately innovative sector can apply itsingenuity to the environmental arena.
the nationwide collection servicein the Netherlands. He explains:“Since 2005, manufacturers andimporters of electronic goods are
required to organize and nance
the collection and recyclingof these goods. This has beenestablished by the Resolution onElectronic Goods, which regulatesthe processing of discardedelectronic goods, as well as the useof certain chemicals in equipment.We take care of the entire
recycling process for our afliated
Does that mean that consumerscan approach manufacturers whenthey want to get rid of their old equipment?
Vlak: “That’s right. Businesses canA sector with a turnover of 30billion euros, 250,000 employees,20 million kilos of waste and7 percent of the total energyconsumption of the Netherlands:that is the Dutch IT sector. TheICT~Milieu Foundation assistsIT manufacturers and importersin collecting their waste. The ITcollection system is a logisticalsystem for collecting, sorting andprocessing used IT equipment.ICT~Milieu is a subsidiary of
ICT~Ofce, a trade association
of over 500 IT, Telecom, Internet
and Ofce companies in the
Jan Vlak is the General Directorof ICT~Milieu and coordinates
The Greening of the IT Sector
Incorporating environmental valuesinto an already innovative sector