Rules for recycling electronics

Recycling electronics

A number of people assume that choosing a vendor, and building a process for electronics and computer recycling is complex. But it doesn’t strictly need to be. By doing it correctly however, you won’t risk breaking the law and being fined. To make sure you do it correctly, all you have to do is follow these three simple rules:

Be familiar with your recycler

If you know exactly what to look for, finding a reputable recycler isn’t a difficult task. You’ll want to look for a company that has a good deal of experience from their time in the trade. In addition to this, it is crucial that they are certified. Any respectable electronics recycling company will be able to tell you where the material ends up, every step of the way to becoming a commodity for new manufacturing. It’s best to ask specifically how they handle and dispose of materials such as mercury, lead and batteries. Research their plant safety record, employee training, and security. Certified recyclers will document all of this information, and show everything in action within their facility.

“if it sounds too good to be true, …….”

Most people have heard the saying “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”, and it applies to electronics recycling. A number of recycling companies have claimed to offer a “free” recycling service, even though proper, compliant and certified electronics recycling has a cost. A large amount of these companies have closed down, with a few of them leaving warehouses filled with e-waste. When offered free recycling, you should make sure that you understand how the company makes a profit after paying their expenses. Without this knowledge, you won’t know what they do with your devices and data, and you put yourself at risk of liability for environmental damage or a data breach.

Create a plan and stick to it, or improve it

A lot of effort is put into setting up rules and a strong process, when a company realises their processes of recycling aren’t as robust as they should be. Create specific protocols to minimise costs and reduce risks, documenting precisely how it should be done. Choose a vendor who will partner with you in order to ensure your rules and processes are consistently followed.

Ensure you can report and analyse the data and process from each of your locations, and you may discover that there are possible ways to improve your program and results. Changes can be simple, but it is essential that it’s compliant, and that you implement them with consistency.

RecycleIT4U offer a fast, efficient and friendly service to help recycle your unwanted electrical goods with a simple automated collection system.
To book a collection you can either use our online form or you can speak to us direct during our normal office hours. Our collection booking telephone number is 01952 580814.

We will collect redundant PCs, laptops, monitors, servers, network products, printers, EPOS, Scanners, UPS, cabling, AV equipment, projectors, telephones, mobiles and fax machines using our own vehicles at an agreed date and time.

An official WEEE disposal certificate will be issued, quoting serial number, asset tag and 
description of all the items collected.

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