Are you aware of your legal obligations?
There are many issues that govern and determine the disposal
process of redundant computer equipment. IT Trading UK Limited
works to ensure a guarantee that our service not only meets,
but surpasses, the latest UK and EU legislation and directives.
Please use the links to the right to find out more about the
main legislation to be aware of.
You need to be aware that your organisation has a Duty of Care
to take all reasonable measures to protect the environment. You
should be aware that:
- All redundant (no economic value) computer equipment is classed
- CRT monitors are classed as Hazardous waste.
- You must ensure your collection agents hold a Waste Carrier
- You must ensure that your waste equipment goes to a licensed
- Your legal Duty of Care extends to when your equipment is
reused, recycled or disposed of.
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. Directors,
Managers and other employees who deal with environmental waste
matters can all be held accountable and face fines and in severe
cases imprisonment if laws are broken.
Through our services, organisations can ensure compliance to
all aspects of environmental legislation. IT Trading audits waste
processors to verify the quality of service and follows guidelines
in accordance with ISO 14001 for environmental management, and
ISO 9001 on quality management.
The Data Protection Act
The Data Protection Act requires that all information collected
by an organisation be destroyed when the media on which it is
stored becomes redundant. Organisations and individuals within
organisations have a duty of care obligation to ensure that the
confidential data they hold is not released in an unauthorised
or accidental way, particularly data relating to employees or
customers. This includes storage media such as hard disk drives.
Non-compliance can lead to heavy fines, compensation for individuals
whom have suffered unauthorised disclosure of confidential data
(section 13 DPA 99), and brand damaging media exposure. This
is why we keep equipment under quarantine conditions in our warehouse
until the data has been destroyed, and the client has given authority
to release the equipment for resale. We data wipe to our clients
instructions, and use the latest proprietary software to meet
to the standards defined by the Security Equipment Assessment
Panel (SEAP), which conforms to all requirements of UK and US
Government legislation, including the Data Protection Act 1998.
Unlike some of our competitors who just remove data partitions
and reformat, I.T. Trading UK Ltd use specialist software to
overwrite and fully destroy resident data to render it completely
Any hard disk that fails data wiping, cannot be accessed or
is found to be faulty, is removed from the PC and physically
destroyed. This ensures complete data security from our client’s
point of view. Destroyed hard disks are sent to the licensed
metal refiners for recycling.
Additional client confidentiality is maintained by removing
security / identifying markings and stickers during processing
Certificated assurance of data destruction can be provided upon
The Hazardous Waste Directive
New controls on Hazardous Waste came into force in England,
Wales and Northern Ireland on July 16th, 2005. These replace
the previous "Special Waste regime". In Scotland, "special
waste" and "hazardous waste" have the same meaning.
A number of waste streams not previously considered to be hazardous,
including CRT computer monitors (Cathode Ray Tubes), televisions,
fluorescent lighting and end-of-life vehicles are now classified
Since July 2005, most producers of hazardous waste in England
and Wales have been required to notify their premises to the
Environment Agency and register as a waste producer. A waste
transfer note for hazardous waste should be issued by the licensed
collecting agent at the time of collection. Guidance on notification,
including the on-line notification facility, can be found on
the Environment Agency's hazardous
waste pages. This registration requirement has replaced
the need to pre-notify the Environment Agency of Special Waste
movements. IT Trading are happy to manage the registration
process for our clients as part of our overall service.
The Waste Electronic & Electrical
Equipment Directive (WEEE)
Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is the fastest
growing element in the municipal waste stream. There are many
hazardous substances used in IT equipment including lead, cadmium,
mercury, bromine compounds and arsenic.
The WEEE Directive aims to minimise the impacts of electrical
and electronic equipment on the environment during their life
times and when they become waste. It applies to a huge spectrum
of products. It encourages and sets criteria for the collection,
treatment, recycling and recovery of waste electrical and electronic
The WEEE Directive came fully into force in the UK in 2007 (see
implementation timetable below). Under this Directive anything
that requires an electrical 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. As an example
of how this might affect your organisation, any company that
disposes of more than 200kg (or 15 CRT monitors put simply) of
electrical equipment annually, now has a legal obligation to
ensure redundant electronic equipment is disposed of in line
with the WEEE Directive legislation.
Householders and businesses in the UK throw at least one million
tonnes of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) away each
year, and this figure is estimated to be growing by up to 80,000
tonnes annually. The recycling and treatment of EEE is not currently
undertaken to a sufficient extent, so the introduction of the
WEEE Directive is a positive move for the environment.
The WEEE Directive sets targets that 65% of IT equipment must
be recycled and materials such as CRT's, LCD displays, printed
circuit boards, batteries and flame retardant plastics are pre-treated
before disposal. IT Trading has a proven record of achieving
in excess of 90% remarketing, recycling or recovery, way in advance
of the WEEE targets.
By using IT Trading's services, your organisation can ensure
it complies with the WEEE Directives.
WEEE Directives Implementation Timetable:
1.. 01/JAN/2007 - WEEE becomes UK law
2.. 15/MAR/2007 - Deadline for producers to join a compliance
3.. 01/APR/2007 - Producer registration begins
4.. 01/JUL/2007 - Full WEEE producer responsibility applies
5.. 01/JAN/2007 - Amended 2007 WEEE Directives come into force
WEEE Directive: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2006/20063315.htm
2007 Amended WEEE Regulations: http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2007/uksi_20073454_en_1
The 2002 Landfill Directive has set tighter standards on wastes
that can go to landfill. These standards are called waste acceptance
criteria (WAC) and applied to hazardous waste from July 2005.
The WAC set leaching and other limit values that components
of the waste stream must meet in order to be accepted at landfill
sites. This is in addition to the ban on 'co-disposal' of Hazardous
Waste and Non-Hazardous Waste in landfill sites since July 2005.
The Environment Agency has noted a reduction in the amount of
hazardous waste going to landfill as a result of the Landfill
Directive and as such, the legislative framework is driving greater
waste minimisation and recovery.
The targets defined by the Landfill regulations 2002 are:
- By 2010 reduce biodegradable municipal waste landfilled to
75% of that produced in 1995.
- By 2013 reduce biodegradable municipal waste landfilled to
50% of that produced in 1995.
- By 2010 reduce biodegradable municipal waste landfilled to
35% of that produced in 1995.
IT Trading UK Limited’s computer equipment recycling services
can help to enhance your organisations’ environmental credentials
by taking redundant, surplus and obsolete items, repairing and
remarketing where possible, whilst recovering scrap materials
and components for recycling in compliance with all UK and EU
Importantly IT Trading does not have a policy of sending scrap
to landfill sites!
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