Have a at our policies directives
RECLAIMING ALL OF THE VALUABLE RESOURCES IN YOUR WASTE ELECTRONICS
Introduced into UK law in 2006, the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) was specifically designed to address the millions of tonnes of reclaimable electronics and electrical equipment that were being dumped into landfill each year.
Electronic equipment often contains harmful heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury and lead, which can cause serious damage to the environment when placed into landfill or incinerated. Hence, the WEEE Directive was put in place to set out responsibilities for manufacturers to ensure that at least 85% of the materials used in their products are recycled by appropriately vetted and certified waste management firms.
In addition to reducing the volume of equipment placed into landfill each year, the WEEE Directive also has another reason for tackling this highly wasteful practice: the fact that we were quite literally burying a huge amount of wealth and resources in the ground.
Working with the WEEE Directive
As a business, playing your part in ensuring that electronic and electrical equipment waste is properly dealt with is easy; you can appoint a certified WEEE recycling firm to take care of the paperwork and recycling process for you.
But be aware, cutting corners with costs at this stage may end up costing your business far more than you could imagine.
We are fully certificated and compliant with all UK and EU legislation, you can be confident that your obsolete electronic and electrical equipment is in good hands. Utilising the latest techniques we will ensure that the valuable natural resources contained within are being recycled and reused to their maximum benefit.
High-value recoverable materials, conservatively valued at $57 billion, were mostly dumped or burned rather than being collected for treatment and reuse.Source
EVERYTHING’S UNDER LOCK AND KEY
Your privacy is incredibly important, which is why, as an ITAD company, we make sure your data is always protected, preventing software breaches, and following a strict logistic/admin/audit trail.
Whilst the vast majority of businesses understand and comply with the requirements of the 1998 Data Protection Act to safeguard their client’s personal information, many are less aware of their responsibilities with regard to the secure disposal of that data.
Today, businesses rely on a huge range of IT platforms – even the smallest sole trader is likely to possess a single laptop whilst larger firms possess much bigger IT operations from networked desktops, servers and printers to individual tablets or smartphones. In such circumstances it is all too easy for an obsolete, or broken piece of equipment to be simply set aside without ensuring that any and all data it still has locked in its memory has been deleted, or rendered unreadable.
PUTTING THAT OLD LAPTOP OUT FOR THE COUNCIL TO COLLECT OR, WORSE YET, FOR ANYONE WITH A PASSING INTEREST TO PICK UP IS A DANGEROUS PRACTICE AND ONE THAT COULD LAND YOU OR YOUR COMPANY WITH A HEFTY FINE OF UP TO £500k AND THE POSSIBILITY OF A LOT OF BAD PUBLICITY AND THE POSSIBILITY OF A LOT OF BAD PUBLICITY
Protecting yourself and your business
The 1998 Data Protection Act gives specific instruction that any personal data held by a company must be protected against unlawful and/or unauthorised access. This legal requirement extends not only to data on “live” systems but also any that might be held in any old IT equipment or electronic storage medium which is to be disposed of.
The theft and sale of such data is a highly lucrative and fast growing sector of the ‘black market’ – with organised criminal gangs using increasingly sophisticated methods and expert knowledge to help them steal valuable information. One of the areas on which they prey is accessing data from IT equipment that has become damaged or been disposed. Don’t assume because a laptop or PC is broken that the data inside is irrecoverable to someone in the know. The only safe option is to have the hard drive professionally removed and either wiped or securely destroyed.
We offer collections from all over the UK and our through processes guarantee to securely erase any and all data held on your old IT equipment to above industry standards. We also offer onsite hard drive destruction for highly sensitive data which you wish to witness being destroyed on your own premises.
TECH DOESN’T GROW ON TREES YOU KNOW
Whether it’s old laptops or unwanted PCs, we repurpose, sell, donate and recycle technology.
The responsible and secure disposal of all manner of waste products, rubbish, and potentially hazardous materials, is governed in the United Kingdom by The Environment Act. Since 1995 this wide-ranging and comprehensive set of legislation has set out the legal responsibilities and processes by which all individuals, companies and organisations in the UK must abide by when disposing of rubbish.
In the past virtually anything could be dumped in landfill sites with little or no consideration for problems or potential hazards this might represent for the future. Thankfully, we now understand the environmental issues landfill sites create and can now work towards better solutions for dealing with discarded waste.
However, this can’t always be said when it comes to getting rid of obsolete electrical equipment. Herein lies the trap that catches many an unwary business out – resulting in a potentially sizable fine and some very unwelcome negative PR.