The IT sector has been slammed by environmental experts in the lead-up to the second annual Business Clean Up Day, a corporate version of the highly successful Clean Up Australia Day.
Environmentalists have criticised the industry for not taking responsibility for the proper disposal of obsolete technology, which often contains dangerous materials like heavy metals and toxic compounds.
The stance widely adopted in Europe is that manufacturers are ultimately held responsible for the appropriate disposal of their products. The argument is that if they have profited from it, they should take care of it at the end of the product's life cycle.
The implication for the channel is that, depending on margins, distributors and resellers would be responsible for around 8-15 per cent of the cost of a product's proper disposal.
It's a long way off, but environmental groups and the Australian Information Industry Association are lobbying the Federal Government for legislation.