- Do I have a legal obligation to recycle IT equipment?
Yes, any organisation that disposes of redundant electrical and electronic equipment has a legal obligation to ensure that it is disposed of with due care and in accordance with theWaste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) 2012/19/EU.
Under the Environmental Act 1995 organisations have a duty of care to ensure that waste items are consigned to registered carriers, are properly stored, and disposed of at appropriately licensed facilities. Employers and employees who deal with environmental waste matters can all be held accountable and face fines and in severe cases imprisonment if laws are broken.
All of our secure IT disposal and secure data destruction methods maintain strict compliance to all aspects of environmental legislation.
- What is classed as hazardous waste?
One of the key hazards of e-waste is its electronic components, such as lead, cadmium and mercury which are harmful to the environment.
WEEE includes most products that have a plug or need a battery. It is generally considered hazardous if it (or the material or substances it contains) are harmful to humans or the environment. Examples of hazardous waste include:
- Screens (TFT, CRT, Television, laptop, notebook, mobile phone, PDA, tablet)
- Batteries (UPS)
- Batteries for portable devices (laptop, mobile phone, PDA, tablet)
- What is the Data Protection Act and how does it affect my organisation?
GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and is the new European Union Regulation which replaced the Data Protection Directive (DPD) and The UK Data Protection Act 1998.Regardless of the UK leaving the European Union, the regulation has been enforced since May 2018.
GDPR involves the protection of personal data and the rights of individuals – which means that the way all data and information is managed has changed, with additional requirements in regards to data handling and storage.
Under the previous Data Protection Act there was already a duty of care to ensure that all data is kept secure. With GDPR, there is an increased responsibility to ensure that this information, whatever form it’s kept in, (e.g. paper files, electronic files, computer hardware) is managed in the right way to comply with this regulation. Any company deemed non-compliant will face hefty fines.
Recycle IT 4U is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO offer detailed guidance on the relevant laws and is responsible for the public register of Data Controllers and public authorities who have approved publication services under the Freedom of Information Act.
- What items do you collect?
We are fully licensed to collect IT and Telecommunications equipment covered by Category 3 of the WEEE directive, this includes: PCs, servers, monitors, network equipment, UPSs, printers, scanners, faxes, Apple Mac equipment, Ipads and tablets, mobile phones and PDSs, AV equipment, ancillary items and cables.