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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.

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