14 December 2016
Pleading ignorance just won’t do
Ignorance is definitely not bliss when it comes to electrical waste. Many business owners still aren’t seeing the full picture when it comes to their WEEE recycling responsibilities, leaving them vulnerable to a hefty fine.
The Waste and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Regulations (2013) became law in the UK on 1st January 2014, replacing the WEEE Regulations 2006
The aim of the WEEE Directive is to reduce the amount of environmentally and potentially health-harming e-waste that ends up in landfill. So if you sell electrical and electronic equipment, whether as a producer, distributor or both, you must provide a way for customers to dispose of their old electrical and electronic goods when you sell them an updated version of the same product.
1. Minimise the waste created from electrical and electronic equipment and promote their reuse.
2. Ensure that e-waste is treated correctly and meets recovery and recycling targets.
3. Design products by reducing the use of materials and enhancing reusability and recyclability.
“There appears to be a deeply embedded uneasiness in our culture about throwing away junk that can be reused. Perhaps, in part, it is guilt about consumption. Perhaps it also feels unnatural. Mother Nature doesn’t throw stuff away. Dead trees, birds, beetles and elephants are pretty quickly recycled by the system.” William Booth
As technology grows and evolves, there will inevitably be millions of new devices that will need to be disposed of safely and within WEEE guidelines, so the importance of responsible computer recycling and data destruction has never been more vital, if you want to play your part in reducing the size of the potentially health-harming e-waste mountain, as well as keeping your data secure and your business compliant. So if your company is one that is committed to the ethical recycling of its obsolete computers and technology products, make sure secure and environmentally friendly computer recycling that adheres to proper recycling regulations is part of your consideration. And with companies now legally obliged to safely dispose of potentially sensitive information in accordance with current security laws and the Data Protection Act of 1998, be sure only to use a computer recycling company that operates in accordance with, and preferably exceeds all government guidelines such as the WEEE Directive and the Data Protection Act.