Legisalation - Recycle IT 4 U


Hazardous Waste Producer Registrations in England

Two aspects of the Hazardous Waste Regulations changed on 1st April 2016.

Firstly, producers of hazardous waste in England no longer need to register their premises with the Environment Agency.

Secondly, the format of the unique consignment note code, which appears on every consignment note, has changed. These changes only apply to England.

To accommodate the removal of premises registration, the format of the consignment note code changed on 1 April 2016 regardless of the amount of hazardous waste produced, stored or handled. The first 6 letters of the consignment note code, currently the premises registration number, will be replaced with the first six letters or number (not symbols) of the company name. Companies whose name is less than six letters will have a filler letter to insert in the remaining spaces.

For further information:  https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/better-regulation-red-tape-challenge


WEEE Directive – June 2006

Adopted in the UK in 2007, the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive is an EU wide directive designed to make manufacturers and importers (the ‘producer’) responsible for the cost of disposal of redundant equipment. The Directive sets targets for recovery and recycling across ten categories of products, increasing over the first few years of implementation.

The Environment Act

Your company has a DUTY of CARE to take all reasonable measures to:-

  • Prevent the unauthorised or harmful disposal of waste by another person.
  • Prevent the escape of the waste from your or any other person`s control.
  • Ensure the transfer of waste, is only to an authorised person or to a person for authorised transport purpose.

You must ensure the proper and safe disposal of waste even after you have passed it on to another party such as a waste contractor, scrap merchant, recycler, local council or skip hire company. The Duty of Care has no time limit, and extends until the waste has either been disposed of or fully recovered.

Data Protection Act 1998

The original Act of 1984 was updated to include specific provision for electronic data and set out eight principles of data protection. Of major note was the legal responsibility for Data Controllers within organisations to adhere to these principles that include the secure removal of all electronic data from equipment entering the public domain.

If you handle personal data about individuals, you are legally obliged to protect that information. Companies in breach of this face legal enforcement, a damaged reputation and huge fines. It is vital therefore, that you have a clear strategy for the management of data. This must include security of data held electronically and how you erase or destroy information from equipment before it enters the public domain.

Our website gives introductory guidance on the law and practice around data protection. The FAQ’s are regularly updated and contain useful links for further information.

Other Legislation

There is a raft of other legislation that supports and compliments the key laws above. These include the restrictions on trans-border shipment of IT waste (dangerously many disposal agents illegally ship IT waste abroad without license to do so), the Batteries Directive and Landfill Directive which prohibit the type of material that can be land-filled and how material should be pre-treated and forthcoming legislation that will further restrict and limit how redundant IT can be disposed of.

Please be advised:
Whilst we have taken care in compiling these notes, Recycle IT 4U cannot be held responsible for any omissions, errors or the impact of legislative changes. These notes are not a substitute for specialist legal advice.