Technology and The Environment

Healy, Anne Marie (2007) Technology and The Environment. Diploma thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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A working paper outlining the issues surrounding the growth of Electronic Waste. The problems of safely disposing of this waste, the relevant legislation being introduced, and the possible solutions to this increasing problem.

The motivation to undertake this project developed from my involvement in a company which supplies both on site and off site “confidential shredding” to companies and private individuals.

It started out as a service solely to supply on site “document” destruction to ensure confidential information is destroyed in the proper manner while at the same time
offering 100% recycling of paper service.

This lead onto enquiries from companies to take away “electronic equipment” printers, pc’s monitors etc in a safe and cost effective manner. Although many of the city
councils began their introduction of the “green bins” in 2005 and have since increased their numbers of recycling centres throughout the country, there are few Business to
Business (B2B) services available. Take a look around any office and you will find a box (boxes) of old keyboards, pc’s cables, power supplies.

The aim of the project is to explore the status of Electronic Recycling in Ireland for businesses and cover the following questions
- Who is offering Electronic recycling services in Ireland to businesses?
- Where does it go?
- How do you know if you’re disposing of equipment legally?
- Is it just another “Buzz Word” in order to make money?
- Is the recycling of Electronics really that important?
- What is the WEEE directive?
- Who is responsible for monitoring /controlling the disposal of Electronics in Ireland?
(a) Various City Councils
(b) Environmental protection agency
- Can riding the “recycle” train gain competitive advantage for Irish Business?
- The pressure on manufacturers to meet the environmental challenges in their product lifecycles

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > Environment
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: School of Computing > Higher Diploma in Business and Technology
Depositing User: Aisling Gorby
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2010 18:04
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2014 13:36

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