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.