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There are numerous issues that govern the disposal of redundant computer equipment. At Secure IT Disposals we employ the BATRRT (Best Available Treatment, Recovery and Recycling Techniques) philosophy in order to guarantee that our service not only meets, but surpasses, the latest government and EU standards and laws.

The main legislation is:

The Environment Act

You need to be aware that your company has a Legal Duty of Care to take all reasonable measures to ensure:

  • All redundant computer equipment is classed as waste. CRTs are Hazardous waste

  • You must ensure that the people who collect from you have a Waste Carrier Licence

  • You must ensure that your equipment goes to a fully licensed site

  • Your legal Duty of Care extends to when your equipment is reused, recycled or disposed of.

To protect yourself always use companies who are fully licensed by the Environment Agency. To view our certification click here

The Data Protection Act 1998

The Data Protection Act requires that all information collected by an organisation be destroyed when the media on which it is stored becomes redundant.

The Hazardous Waste Directive

All batteries and cathode ray tubes come under the this directive. The transportation of loose batteries and CRT's can only be carried out by a licensed waste carrier under a special waste note.

Since 16th July 2004 anything containing a Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) have been reclassified as Hazardous Waste. This includes computer monitors and televisions.

For more information on the Hazardous Waste Directive and to register click here

The Waste Electronic & Electrical Equipment Directive

The WEEE Directive came into force in January 2007. Under this Directive anything that requires a current to flow though it to operate has to be recycled in accordance with the standards set out in the Directive. This includes all I.T. equipment.

Although the Directive is not currently in force any item that is to be recycled is done so to the standards set out within the WEEE Directive.

Manual Handling Regulations

Employers are required, through the Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, to ensure that activities involving manual contact with hazardous materials are avoided where this is reasonably practical

Electrical Equipment (Safety regulations) 1994

The safety of refurbished or second-hand equipment is controlled by these regulations. All persons who supply electrical equipment in the course of business, including auctions, must ensure that the equipment is safe. Whilst there is no mandatory requirement for refurbished or second-hand equipment to undergo any safety testing, suppliers will want to ensure that the equipment is safe so as to avoid committing an offence under the Regulations. The safety requirements of the Regulations cover all aspects of safety and are not limited to electrical safety.

Illegal Exports of redundant Computer and IT Equipment

Under UK and international law it is illegal to export, or allow the export of any redundant computer equipment that is classified as Hazardous waste outside the EU or to any country that is not a member of the OECD. The legislation governing this is defined in the Basel Convention to which the UK is a signatory.

Computer monitors and terminals as classed as Hazardous Waste because they contain 20-25% lead.

At Secure I.T. Disposals we get at least 3 inquiries every day from companies wanting to buy untested, faulty or scrap monitors. We do not sell any untested, faulty or scrap monitors to anyone. All of the monitors that we can not sell are sent to a lead smelter in Belgium and are used as part of the smelting process. By using the CRT tubes they are able to reduce their energy consumption by 16%.

Although there is a cost to us using this method of recycling we do it because its legal, environmentally friendly and above all - its the right thing to do.

Do you know where your redundant computer equipment ends up ?

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