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Recycling End of Life IT/Networking Equipment

Published by Lee Kelly on 25 February 2020

Waste Electrical and Electronic Regulations (WEEE)

In the UK, there are significant government-led regulations on how we dispose of IT and networking equipment, to reduce our impact on the environment and prevent the illegal dumping of Electronic waste. The WEEE regulations of 2013 expanded in 2019 to include a broader range of products to be covered by the directive.

Every year the UK discards an estimated 2 million tonnes of WEEE items by households and companies. WEEE items include most products that have a plug or need a battery. They are separated into ten broader categories, and one of these are IT and telecommunications equipment. By failing to abide by these regulations, you are harming the environment and also could face prosecution for potential non-compliance with the WEEE directive.

Expanding on the WEEE directive we are also held to the responsibility set by the government disposal of hazardous waste. This covers items such as asbestos, chemicals, batteries, solvents and more. Critical Power also carries this waste away from sites that means we have extra regulations and records that we must adhere to. Then these are disposed of through certified and permitted means and reported to the environment agency.

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Getting Rid of Old Computers and IT Equipment

Electrical and electronic equipment contains materials, components, and substances that may be hazardous and present a risk to human health and the environment when not handled correctly.

If you need to dispose of electronic equipment or batteries, there are several options open to you. Household customers can use their local established waste electric and electronic equipment collection service. Businesses can get in touch with a company like Critical Power Supplies or contact an accredited company or an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF). An ATF can provide you with evidence, if required, to prove that you have met your obligations. You may also be able to return some items to the manufacturer.

Professional companies disposing of Sensitive Information or IT hardware will typically be ISO 27001 Accredited to UKAS level and have a robust secure tracking system for ensuring collections are logged, items asset tagged and the destruction/wiping of data/recycling be traceable throughout the process. All covered by Professional Indemnity insurance.

By using a company like Critical Power Supplies, you can rest easy that we are following the WEEE directive to the letter and disposing of all your electrical equipment in a responsible and approved manner. If you would like to know more about our recycling services for old IT and networking equipment, then you can contact our team on 0808 164 0608, or you can drop them an email here.