WEEE disposal guidance covers more than just computers and other similar devices. It also includes all household and office equipment with electrical or electronic parts. The main aim of the WEEE guidance is to reduce the amount of electric and electronic waste that is thrown away and increase the amount that is recycled. The guidance also covers how the waste needs to be transported, treated and, where necessary, disposed of to reduce the potential of harm to humans, animals and the environment. While much of the responsibility for this lies with the computer recycling or device disposal company, manufacturers, retailers, business users, treatment facilities and haulage companies all play a role in ensuring the guidance is met.
Appropriate Computer Recycling Starts With Manufacturers And Sellers
Manufacturers and sellers of electric and electronic equipment including computers and similar devices play a role in ensuring that WEEE guidance is complied with. Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that the right materials are used and that where there are limits on the amounts of specific materials used in computers and other devices, these are met. The limits apply to materials such as heavy metals and fire retardants. Manufacturers are also responsible for the proper labelling of devices and electronic equipment. Devices that cannot be placed in the general rubbish need to be labelled with a sign that shows a rubbish bin with a line through it. Sellers of electrical and electronic devices also have a responsibility to ensure that WEEE guidance is met. Their main responsibility lays in promoting recycling and proper WEEE disposal of electronic and electric equipment to buyers. Improved public engagement increases recycling rates and betters the public’s understanding of what to look for in an electronic disposal and recycling company. A growing number of manufacturers and sellers are also running their own recycling programmes, placing the responsibility for contracting proper WEEE disposal companies on them, rather than the purchaser. The next stage of the business WEEE disposal process is the collection and storage of computers and similar devices ready for treatment, recycling and disposal. If separate collections, storage and processing companies are being used for computer disposal, then the purchaser must ensure that any of the companies that they are contracting are suitable certified.
The Next Stages In WEEE Waste Disposal
Once sellers have completed their responsibilities in relation to WEEE waste disposal, it is up to the buyer to take appropriate action. Simply disposing of old or dysfunctional computers and other electronic is not enough. As was noted above, if the owner is having the computers collected for recycling, they must ensure that the collection company is compliant. It is then the responsibility of the next company in the process to check on the company they are passing the processes onto. This includes any shipping or overseas treatment that is taking place. However, where the initial company is responsible for the whole process, the owner of the device must ensure that the company is WEEE waste disposal compliant at every stage, regardless of WEEE disposal costs. This includes the health and safety of the employees; the suitability of the treatment centres and storage centres; and the compliance of the final destination of the wastage as well as the parts that are going on to be recycled and reused. A crucial element of this compliance process is proper record keeping. Records must include notes and relevant supporting information. Areas that must be recorded include the weight of WEEE that is received for treatment, the weight of WEEE that is dispatched from the company’s site, and the weight of any WEEE derived materials that are delivered to any other treatment site, including those in other countries. All weights need to be recorded in tonnes.
Other WEEE Disposal UK Based Compliance Considerations
As well as appropriate recording and recording systems, WEEE disposal UK based companies must ensure best practice at every stage of the recycling and disposal process. This includes best practice in company management systems. Examples of best practice include implementing and maintaining systems that achieve ISO 9001, the internationally recognised standard for international quality management. Having systems in place that achieve this standard enables companies to better promote their businesses to clients, as well as having better control over the services and products that they offer. Auditing is another essential element in maintaining IT WEEE disposal accreditation. External, independent auditing is required for businesses that issue over 400 tonnes of WEEE in a year. Auditors should check that tonnage has been correctly identified in each area where it is required, including amounts received, amounts reused, and amounts treated. The report should also stipulate whether the appropriate authorities had agreed with any protocols that were in use. It should also state whether the protocols were being applied correctly. Tracking is another important element that WEEE compliant computer waste and recycling companies need to implement. Companies that treat WEEE need to be able to trace any WEEE that has moved through their facilities. While to be compliant, treatment centres only need to know where the waste is going, it is considered best practice to have undertaken audits or at least due diligence checks on such facilities. Companies such as Berkshire Computer Recycling take these and all other compliance issues seriously, ensuring best practice at every stage.
Berkshire Computer Recycling Is The Best Choice For WEEE Disposal Compliance
As a business that uses electronic devices, you have a responsibility to ensure that such devices are properly treated when they come to the end of their useful working life. Sending such devices for WEEE disposal with a company that meets all current WEEE guidelines is the best way to achieve this. At Berkshire Computer Recycling, we pride ourselves in not only being WEEE compliant for computer recycling but exceeding the expectations in the guidelines. If you want to know more about our company and how we meet our commitments, then head to our website http://berkshire-computer-recycling.co.uk. Alternatively, you can call us on 01189332976, where one of the team will be happy to help.