IBM claimed today that its decision to dump 16,000 PC monitors in a UK landfill was not cost-driven, but that the UK lacks "infrastructure" for recycling.
Earlier this week, a highly placed source at the company said that IBM had dumped 16,000 monitors instead of recycling them. The source said: ?Our company disposed of the monitors. It costs #8 per monitor to recycle them but only #6 to go in a dump.?
Yesterday, Gordon Brown, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, raised the landfill tax, meaning companies like IBM will pay more if they choose to dump rather than green the products.
Steve Bushnell, environmental officer at IBM UK, blamed the lack of infrastructure in the UK for the decision to dump rather than recycle. He said: ?One would hope that in the UK we could look at a better way of disposing of waste. We?re not doing anything illegal but our colleagues in the European countries have a better infrastructure than we have.?
He said IBM UK had actively explored other ways of disposing of unwanted material. He said: ?The alternative routes we explore still end up in landfill and the problem I have is whether it?s better to put them straight into landfill or sending them round the country.?
Recycling methods IBM had considered, said Bushnell, included grinding up the glass in CRTs and then putting them in a very hot incinerator. But even then, he claimed, the landfill was the only place to put the waste. ?It?s not a cost issue as far as I?m concerned,? he said.
No one at IBM was willing to say which monitor models were dumped. A representative for the IBM PC Company said: ?This is a corporate issue which must be dealt with by them.?
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