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UN agencies, govt. bodies & 16 companies launch global "StEP" alliance to tackle e-waste (companies incl. Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Philips)

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7 March 2007

StEP - Solving the e-waste problem

Welcome to StEP – an initiative of various UN organizations with the overall aim to solve the e-waste problem. Together with prominent members from industry, governments, international organizations, NGOs and the science sector actively participating in StEP, we initiate and facilitate approaches towards the sustainable handling of e-waste. [Participating companies include: Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Philips, Umicore]

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7 March 2007

New Alliance Plans to Tackle Mountains of E-Waste

Author: Alister Doyle, Reuters

A new UN-led alliance [called StEP (Solving the E-Waste Problem)] will work out global scrapping guidelines to protect the environment from...electronic trash…[StEP involves] 16 firms including Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Philips...[Ruediger Kuehr…who will head a secretariat of the StEP, said]"There's an urgent need to harmonise approaches to electronic waste around the world,"…[because] e-waste...often releases toxins if incinerated...

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