Specific Items covered by WEEE

 

The items which are contained in the following list, although not claiming to be an exhaustive list are now classified as hazardous waste, therefore licenced handling, carriage and disposal is required as laid down in the WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) legislation.

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

The legislation was introduced in 2007 as a method of tackling the year on year exponential increase in the numbers of electrical and electronic equipment which was being disposed of, and although there was a voluntary code for ethical and safe disposal, it was not enforceable by law. The legislation 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.

Business owners and asset managers are required to keep records of acquisition, deployment, use and disposal of said equipment; disposal has to be by way of an orgainsation and/or company licenced by the Environment Agency. In addition, any carrier, operator and/or recycler disposing of equipment with an element of data storage has also to hold relevant licences issued by the Data Commissioner’s Office in order to comply with the Data Protection Act.

The reason for the legislation was to make practical provision for the disposal of toxic substances and heavy elements including but not limited to arsenic, bromine, cadmium, lead and mercury all of which are used in the manufacture of electrical component parts. The casings of monitors, computers, PC tablets and laptops in addition to the glass screens and metal frames where applicable are all recyclable.

Indeed, some ninety to ninety five percent of every piece of electrical and electronic equipment is recyclable; therefore, the pressure on the environment and the potential for catastrophic pollution is being reduced exponentially year on year.

Undertaking safe and ethical disposal by way of a licenced operator for safe, secure and ethical disposal of any redundant and/or surplus electronic and electrical equipment, contact Data Asset Recovery as the essential link in your WEEE disposal chain.

 

What is the current UK WEEE Legislation?

 

Introduced into UK legislation in 2007 the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE), the regulations have been successful in tidying up the ambiguity surrounding the issue of hazardous and toxic materials which are elements of the component parts of electronic equipment. The items contained in the following list are now all classed as hazardous waste, and as such are required to be disposed of by licenced operators and recyclers.

  • Televisions, digital TV decoders, video and DVD players, overhead projectors
  • Computers, laptops, printers, mobile phones, MP3 players, camcorders
  • Batteries, (vehicle and hand held device)
  • Fan heaters and air conditioning units
  • Microwave ovens, kettles, food processors etc

It is by no means an exhaustive list and is merely in place as an example of items which are used in the workplace, and which business owners and asset managers are required to maintain records of in asset registers. These typical items of equipment along with many other examples all contain elements such as cadmium, mercury, arsenic, bromine and lead; dumped in landfill prior to the introduction of the legislation, the potential of leaching back into the environment was a real and present danger.

Any equipment which is disposed of either as redundant, damaged or beyond repair has to be by way of a licenced operator, a company or organisation which holds licences issued by the Environment Agency. In addition, if any equipment has data storage capacity the disposal agency or operator has to hold a licence granted by the Data Commissioners office. The operators in question have to prove, prior to obtaining their licences that the staff is suitably trained in hazardous waste collection, transport and disposal methods.

The regulations are helping in no small way to defuse the ticking time bomb of the increasing tonnage of waste electronic equipment which is rising exponentially year on year. To ensure your business fully complies with all elements of the WEEE legislation in the disposal of redundant electronic and/or electrical equipment, consult Dynamic Asset Recovery today; secure, safe and ethical disposal is guaranteed and collection can be arranged from any location in the UK.

 

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.