The Background of the WEEE


Enacted in 2007 the WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) legislation is a legal framework which formaises the disposal of electronic and electrical equipment, and is especially loaded against business and industry. Consumers buying their new mobile phones, laptops, computers, TVs and other personal electronic and electrical items can opt for the recycling process which the retailer has to provide by law, as an element of the WEEE regulations by way of ridding themselves of their old, redundant or no longer fashionable equipment.

Unfortunately for business owners and delegated responsible persons within the business, the buck stops with you. Businesses are the link in the chain where the responsibility rests with the safe, secure and ethical disposal of said equipment, all of which is now classed as hazardous waste and has to be disposed of by licenced operators.

The introduction of WEEE legislation is as a legal framework for combating the increasing numbers of electronic equipment which came up for disposal, and which was prior to 2007 able to be dumped in ordinary landfill sites. It has been estimated that by 2015 the European Union alone will be responsible for generating some fifteen million tonnes of electronic equipment waste, with the figure projected to rise year on year exponentially after this date and certainly for the foreseeable future.

Every item of electronic and electrical equipment in use has varying amounts and combinations of lead, arsenic, bromine, mercury other nasties which are essential for the premium operation and efficiency of modern electronic equipment. Over ninety percent of the entire component pieces are recyclable, which includes the plastic casings, glass screens and electrical motors and cooling fans.

Disposal of electronic equipment is a minefield for the unwary and unprepared; if you fall foul of the legal aspect of the lifecycle management of the potential hazardous waste in your care, you may be liable to fines and potential criminal prosecution. To keep the entire issue legal, and to ensure the safe, secure and ethical disposal of ANY electronic equipment in your care, contact Data Asset Recovery today for complete peace of mind.

How To Identify Electrical Waste?


What do the following items have in common, other than sometimes costing an arm and a leg or being the next ‘must have’ gadget?

  • Televisions, digital TV decoders, video and DVD players
  • Computers, laptops, printers, mobile phones,
  • Blackberries and other handheld devices
  • Mobile phones

Surprisingly they are all classed as hazardous waste when it comes to disposal; although retail outlets will take your old equipment and dispose of it for you when you buy like for like, for business owners it is another story. The WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) legislation introduced in 2007 now places a duty of care on all owners and custodians of business entities and commercial enterprises to manage and monitor the entire lifecycle of any equipment which is operated by AC and/or DC power.

Disposal is strictly controlled and has to be by way of a licenced operator and/or recycler, and any equipment in the workplace which is redundant and requires disposal, the company responsible for any such disposal HAS to be licenced by the Environment Agency.

Although the aforementioned list is n to exhaustive, it is indicative of the equipment types which contain varying amounts and combinations of toxic substances and heavy metals which include but are not limited to cadmium, bromine, lead, arsenic and mercury to mention a few examples. Over ninety percent of the sum total of the component parts of the aforementioned equipment is readily recyclable, and preventing these and other toxic substances leaching out of landfill sites was the reason for the legislation being introduced.

However, a cautionary note; if the equipment which is being disposed of has an element of its operation component parts which are capable of storing data, the company charged with disposal has also to be in possession of a license issued by the Data Commissioner’s Office. The parameters of the Data Protection and WEEE legislation are quite rigid; failure to comply with all the elements of the relevant legislation could result in heavy fines and potential criminal and civil proceedings.

For safe, secure and ethical disposal of any redundant and/or surplus electronic and electrical equipment contact, Data Asset Recovery is an essential link in your WEEE disposal chain.


Do not dispose of your electronic and electrical equipment without the assistance of a licenced operative


Since 2007 the onus has been placed on business owners and other stakeholders within a business to dispose of electrical and electronic equipment by way of a duly licenced operator, pursuant to the instructions and responsibilities laid down in the Waste Electronic & Electric Equipment legislation (WEEE). Any waste which falls into these categories are classed as hazardous waste, and the reason for this is that many of the components are made from or include elements of mercury, cadmium, bromine, lead arsenic and other nasties, all of which leach into the ground if equipment is placed in ordinary landfill.

Over the past century it is not known how many millions of tonnes of waste electrical equipment has ended up buried in landfill; however, given the exponential proliferation of electronic, electrical and mechanical equipment over the past seventy years or so, the tonnage looks likely to increase exponentially for many years into the future. Examples of equipment which falls into the category of hazardous waste and requires licenced disposal include but are not limited to:

  • Televisions, digital TV decoders, video and DVD players
  • Cookers, fridges, washing machines and tumble dryers
  • Hair straighteners, curling tongs and hair dryers
  • Computers, laptops, printers, mobile phones and other hand held devices
  • Batteries (vehicle and hand held device)
  • Food mixing equipment

The aforementioned list is by no means exhaustive but offers a taste of the many items which now have to be disposed of through a licenced operator and/or recycling company; indeed, failure on the part of a business to comply with the legislation can (and frequently does) end up in prosecutions, resulting in fines and costs levied as well as potential prison sentences for business owners and/or those responsible.

The responsibility is firmly placed upon the owner and/or operator of any business and/or commercial, public or charitable organisation to dispose of their waste responsibly and to ensure the individual, company and/or organisation tasked with said disposal has all the relevant licences required to effect safe and environmentally responsible disposal.

How to dispose of redundant electrical equipment safely


Protect the environment and dispose of redundant electrical equipment safely and responsibly; we are currently sitting on a time bomb and we don’t know when it is going to detonate and what the fallout will be for later generations. This time bomb is a legacy of the millions of tons of electrical and electronic equipment which has been dumped in landfill sites and covered over, out of sight, out of mind as they say.

Unfortunately in some areas of the world pollution caused by illegal and unlicenced dumping of electrical equipment and industrial equipment has severely polluted the local environment to the point where raised incidences of still birth, birth defects, cancer, liver and kidney failure and other health issues are a real problem. Many of these incidences are caused by the leaching of cadmium, mercury, bromine, arsenic and lead back into the ground and subsequently into the water table.

All of these toxins and heavy metals and more besides are essential elements which are required for the efficient functioning of modern electrical and electronic equipment; to get an understanding of how pervasive these toxins are in our everyday lives, a non exhaustive list is itemised below.

  • Mobile phones
  • Washing machines
  • Fridges
  • Laptops, computers, monitors and component parts
  • Car starter motors, alternators and other components
  • Hair dryers
  • Kettles and microwave ovens

As you can see the list of everyday items which fall within the framework of the WEEE is large although this list is not exhaustive; it is merely representative of the issues which face us if we do not take steps to eliminate the dangers which face us. Disposal of redundant equipment should be placed in the hands of a licenced operative or carrier; indeed, within the framework of WEEE business owners and CEOs have a duty of care to ensure that any equipment disposal is undertaken safely and responsibly, with severe penalties for non compliance with the regulations.

For peace of mind and of course as a measure of protection for the environment, Make the call today to a licenced operator and avoid the potential of fines being levied and possibly criminal action.

Current WEEE Legislation


The current WEEE legislation (Waste Electronic & Electric Equipment) which was added to the statute books in 2007 has been introduced to combat the exponential increase in redundant electrical and electronic equipment and eliminate as far as is reasonably practical disposal of same in landfill sites. Plastic shells and covers, steel and aluminium frames and components made from an assortment of heavy metals and toxic elements are present in virtually every piece of electrical and electronic equipment we use in the home and in business.

Arsenic, cadmium, bromine, lead and mercury are just a small selection of heavy metals and toxic elements which are used in modern manufacturing processes and are all essential elements required for the normal function of differing electrical equipment. Some of the components are known to contain carcinogens which are responsible, according to research, for inducing cancers in humans.

Dumping redundant equipment in landfill stores up potential toxic Armageddon; these heavy elements and toxic substances are known to leach back into the ground and subsequently into local water tables, the result is the food chain becomes contaminated. In some areas of the world (China and India) and specific geographic locations the local water table is poisoned and incidences of still birth, deformed infants, adult cancer rates and other health issues are all alarmingly above the globally accepted average for a particular region.

Some fifteen million tonnes of redundant electrical equipment from the EU alone is predicted by 2015 and this figure is expected to grow exponentially for the foreseeable future, given our reliance on electrical equipment as an element of our everyday lives. IPods, iPhones, hand held devices, laptops, computers and peripheral accessories and components. However, innocuous items such as hair dryers, cameras, DVD players and even the IT infrastructure in a building are all covered within the framework of WEEE.

Safeguard your business future and of course safeguard the environment at the same time. Dispose of any redundant electrical equipment safely and responsibly by engaging the services of a licenced carrier, licenced operative or licenced recycling centre and protect the future environment for our children and their children’s children.

More About What WEEE is and What to Be Careful Of


WEEE is the acronym of Waste Electronic & Electric Equipment which is the legislation which was introduced back in 2007 into UK law and is designed to eliminate as far as is reasonably practical any increases in redundant electrical and electronic equipment being disposed of in landfill sites. In addition to this it places a duty of care upon every business owner or CEO to ensure that redundant electrical and electronic equipment is disposed of safely and by a duly licenced operator.

It is estimated that by 2015 some fifteen million tonnes of electrical and electronic waste will require disposing of, and this figure is projected to rise year on year certainly for the foreseeable future given the current level of technological development. It is estimated that some three quarters (seventy five percent) of this type of waste ends up landfill; the potential future damage this may cause is a time bomb waiting to explode, and no-one knows what the explosive yield will be.

Modern electronic equipment which includes but is not limited to laptops, monitors screens, TVs, mobile phones, other hand held devices as well as domestic appliances and even hair straighteners are all classified under the WEEE regulations and contain some of the deadliest toxins and elements known to man.

Mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic and bromine are just a small selection of the nasties which are used and are essential elements in the manufacture of modern electrical equipment; gold, silver, platinum and palladium are precious metals which are also used and although these are not toxic, once they are lost in landfill they can never be recovered. The heavy toxic elements and components slowly leach into the ground and subsequently into any ground water reservoirs and water tables, and from there slowly but surely leach into the food chain, of which we are at the top.

Business users are especially open to issues with unlicensed operators; it is essential that any company you choose to dispose of your electrical and electronic waste is fully licenced and can show their licencing credentials and explain exactly how they will dispose of any waste generated by your company.

What is WEEE and how does it affect your business operation?


WEEE is the acronym of Waste Electronic & Electric Equipment which came into force in 2007 and under which all electrical equipment is classed as a controlled substance and/or waste; typically this can and does include although not limited to computers, laptops, phones, mobile phones and other hand held devices, washing machines, refrigerators, power tools and even electric toothbrushes. The onus has been squarely placed on business owners and management teams in larger companies to ensure that any equipment leaving the premises is disposed of in accordance with the legislation and is not channeled into landfill sites or ‘fly tipped’ by less than scrupulous operators.

The legislation was enacted as a set of proactive measures to combat the rapidly increasing problem of electrical equipment, most of which contains some type of toxic substance or heavy element in its construction. This typically includes but is not limited to lead, cadmium, mercury, bromine and arsenic as a few examples although this isn’t an exhaustive list. At the last count from when official figures are available the European Union member states disposed of six and a half million tonnes of electrical waste into landfill sites, and this figure, if nothing was done about it, was expected to rise to fifteen million tonnes by 2015.

The legislation has contributed to a significant drop in these figures and is decreasing in real terms year on year with more and more redundant and waste electrical equipment being disposed of through recycling centres and specialist companies where the waste is broken down into its individual elemental components. Plastics, steel, glass, ceramics, gold, silver, platinum and palladium are just a few of the elements of electrical equipment construction which are being recycled in increasing numbers and playing a part in improving sustainable industrial practices.

Removing and responsibly disposing of electrical waste is best dealt with by placing the burden onto a specialist licenced waste disposal, waste carrier and/or recycling company. To ensure full compliance with the legislation always make sure their credentials are up to date and do not hesitate in insisting you see proof of their liecencing credentials.

Whatever business you are in you’re obligated by law to dispose of electrical and IT equipment by licenced operators


Whatever business you are involved in you’re obligated by law to dispose of electrical and IT equipment by licenced operators; to tackle the very serious issue of increasing numbers of redundant electrical equipment entering landfill sites and being lost forever, the Waste Electronic & Electric Equipment legislation (WEEE) was introduced in 2007. This legislation places a legal obligation on any commercial enterprise or not for profit organisation to ensure that any electrical equipment being discarded is done so by a licenced waste disposal operator and/or recycling operator.

The legislation strictly precludes the disposal of any electrical equipment in to landfill and where possible any equipment should be recycled. Electrical equipment contains many toxic substances and elements including but not limited to lead, mercury, cadmium, bromine and arsenic to mention just a few examples. Some six and a half million tonnes of electrical equipment which was dumped in landfill sites in the latest year for which there are figures available, and this figure is predicted to rise to some fifteen million tonnes by 2015. The legislation was enacted as a means to an end and a proactive solution for reducing these figures and for future protection of the environment.

Heavy metals and toxic waste have a nasty habit of leaching into ground water supplies and in areas of the world where there is little if any legislation or policing of toxic waste, serious issues regarding deformed infants at birth, increased cancer rates, cardio vascular issues and many other health related issues are being reported Indeed, not only are humans suffering but animal and bird life is severely disrupted as is the entire local food chain and environment.

Business owners and management teams have a duty of care to ensure any electrical waste generated is disposed of safely and securely; any hint of non compliance can and frequently does result in fines and other punishment being handed down by the courts. Ensure your compliance with the law and engage the services of a licenced operator for your electrical waste disposal and recycling issues and keep one step ahead of the legislation and help maintain a cleaner, greener environment for future generations.

Go green and dispose of your redundant IT equipment with confidence


Any piece of equipment which is used in the home or workplace and has as an element of its internal workings printed circuit boards, micro processor controls and similar control elements are all subject to Waste Electronic & Electric Equipment legislation (WEEE). This legislation was introduced onto the statute books in 2007 and has been put into place to encourage recycling of redundant electrical equipment and of course the safe and environmentally friendly disposal of all those gadgets, non essential and essential pieces of modern technology we are all told by advertising that we cannot do without and which are now surplus to requirements.

Why is recycling and safe disposal of electrical equipment essential?

Safe disposal of equipment which has onboard any of the aforementioned is an essential element in the control of pollution and the prevention of environmental damage, whether that damage is potentially to plant life, animal life or indeed human life. The accumulative effects of pollution can be seen in many areas of the world, much to the detriment of the local population, wildlife and landscape.
Printed circuit boards and other internal elements of electrical equipment contain heavy and toxic elements including but not limited to arsenic, bromine, cadmium and mercury; placed in landfill sites these elements and heavy metals will eventually leach into the ground with the potential of contaminating ground water supplies and if unchecked will filter through to animal life, plant life and at the end of the food chain human beings.

Okay, if this is an issue here can I take my electrical waste?

Business users are no longer permitted to take their waste to local authority drop off points and waste collection and recycling centres; however, business owners have a duty of care to ensure any electrical waste generated is disposed of safely and securely and non compliance leading to potential fines levied from subsequent prosecution by the environment agency. Environment Agency licensed carriers and brokers all of whom will undertake to dispose of electrical waste safely using licenced recycling facilities should be used at all times to facilitate safe disposal of any industrial and/or commercially redundant electrical equipment.

The History of Dell


Dell, Inc, which was ranked the 25th largest company on the Fortune 500 list by Forbes magazine, began its cosmic rise in 1984 when Michael Dell used a mere $1000 dollars to found PC’s Limited. Working in a college dorm room at the University of Texas, Michael Dell had a goal to produce IBM compatible computers from stock components to suit individual customer needs.

The company vision was to produce computers that could easily be fitted with individual components to build a computer system to accommodate individual requirements. The goal was to give the customer exactly what they needed or wanted. The computers were built from stock parts as they were ordered. In 1985, the founder dropped out of school, got a family loan for $300,000 dollars and began to give his full attention to the new company.

Later the same year the company introduced its first company designed computer, the Turbo PC.  The computer boasted an Intel 8088 processor that ran at an impressive speed of 8MHz. And it sold in the United States for $795 dollars. The computer systems, which were advertised in computer magazines nationally, were purchased through direct sales. Given a list of options, the customers choose the components they wanted and the computers were built as they were ordered. By ordering the components wholesale, the company was able to provide great pricing, which proved to be much lower than their competitors’. The company’s business formula proved to be a great success and the first year of trading they grossed more than $73 million dollars.

Ireland welcomed the new company in 1987, and became the first of many international operations. 1988 ushered in the new company name, Dell Computer Corporation and this company with humble beginnings grew from a $30 million dollar company to a company worth $90 million dollars. Although the company attempted to market their computers via warehouse club stores and superstores, the public, now used to having the ability to choose and build as they wanted, did not respond as hoped and the company returned to direct sales.

Dell’s 10th anniversary was celebrated in 1994 with the release of a brand new logo. And 1996 found the company selling the popular computer systems direct to the customer on Dell’s own internet website. When the company acquired Compaq in 1999 they became known as the top seller of personal computer systems in the United States.

2002 became the year of company expansion as Dell began to also provide such products as televisions, digital audio players and computer printers. The following year, 2003 the company became known as Dell Inc. in an effort to acknowledge the company’s expansion into other products. The year 2004 saw a new manufacturing assembly plant near Winston- Salem, North Carolina and Michael Dell while deciding to appoint Kevin Rollins as new CEO, decided to retain the position of Chairman of the Board. In 2007 CEO Kevin Rollins resigned and Michael Dell resumed his position as CEO. Dell is also one of the largest suppliers of dedicated servers to web hosting companies.

While true that Dell Inc. has experienced some trouble spots in the past few years, the company continues to be one of the largest computer manufacturers due mainly to the long record of customer satisfaction. While others have adopted the model of direct sales, Dell Inc. continues to be the most successful and the most popular.