According to Axiz CE Anthony Fitzhenry, in South Africa most landfills were not adequately assessed environmentally. In many cases they contaminate our water supplies. PCs account for 80% of heavy metal pollution.
Late last month, the IT infrastructure distributor said it had completed its transition to lead-free manufacturing.
Keith Anderson, COO of Axiz, says there is a growing trend toward lead-free manufacturing worldwide and despite the lack of a local directive, Axiz has already completed the transition.
"We believe that all manufacturers should make environmental considerations part of their business plan," says Anderson.
According to Vikesh Mahabeer, product manager for Axiz Memory, the problem facing manufacturers today is that there are small amounts of lead and other harmful materials in many electronic components. As these products reach their end-of-life and are disposed of, environmental and regulatory concerns rise due to the potential impact these materials may have on human health.
Axiz has fully complied with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive. Adopted in February 2003 by the European Union, this directive took effect on July 1, 2006, but is not a law; it is simply a directive. Anderson says it restricts the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of electronic and electrical equipment.
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