WEEE recycling guidelines are essential when it comes to disposing of electrical and electronic waste, including computers and laptops. Failing to properly dispose of such equipment can create hazards to the environment, while improper handling, either during disposal or recycling can create a risk to health. Computer recycling should therefore always be undertaken with care and by companies that understand the proper way to treat, reuse, recycle, and dispose of the individual components within each device. Gaining a better understanding of the guidelines and the steps that should be undertaken helps to ensure that you ask the right questions when approaching a company to undertake the work.
WEEE Is Not Just About Computer Recycling
WEEE or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment is not just about recycling computers. It covers a wide range of IT recycling and device disposal. Other common office, school and commercial devices that fall under the WEEE guidelines include photocopiers, printers, fax machines, consoles, servers, routers and phones. External hard drives and other media collection devices are also covered under WEEE recycling UK rules and must be disposed of or recycled appropriately. Of course, as well as ensuring that you are complying with Health and Safety regulations, if you are replacing old IT equipment, you also want to ensure that you are compliant with Data Protection. Any local WEEE recycling company you choose to undertake must be aware of its responsibilities under this Act and make sure that no data can be retrieved from the devices during or after the recycling and disposal process. Quality is another aspect that must be considered. If the devices are being recycled, then any parts that are being retrieved for reuse must meet specific standards. The parts, components or materials must work effectively when they are in their new device or environment. If they fail to do so, then the end result is useless equipment that people are much less likely to be inclined to buy. However, safety remains the vital element of WEEE recycling and each component part of each device must be handled in the correct manner to ensure safety at every step of the process.
Parts Dealt With By WEEE Recycling Companies
When a computer comes to the end of its working life, the WEEE Directive states that where possible the whole appliance should be reused. Where this is not possible, it should be broken down into component parts that can be reused as they are; this is followed by sub-assemblies and consumables. Once those parts have been removed, the remaining parts of the computer or other devices should be recovered and recycled. Computers and other types of IT equipment are complex devices with numerous working parts. WEEE recycling companies are required to understand these different parts and the materials that go into making them. This is particularly important with computers and other similar devices because they contain hazardous materials. How these materials are handled and disposed of is covered by WEEE recycle IT guidelines and by BATRRT (Best Available Treatment Recovery and Recycling Techniques). Guidance to BATRRT is available through the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Just some materials that can be recycled from a computer or similar device include plastic, ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals and glass. To be recycled, these elements must first be separated from other material is a safe way. They must then be treated if needed before they can go on to be used in new products. Metals such as aluminium, steel and plastic are often used to make car parts or used in children’s toys. This, however, is only possible if the processes are approved by and meet the requirements of WEEE.
What Happens To The Parts Not Covered By WEEE Waste Recycling
Even with the best intentions and the latest techniques and equipment, there will be some parts of a computer that cannot be recycled. WEEE waste recycling guidelines are very clear as to what actions need to be taken with such materials. Many of the materials that are left or that are created as by-products of the recycling processes are dangerous. They include heavy metals, carcinogens and other equally hazardous materials. If these were to be left in landfills or find their way into the water table they could become hazardous to the environment, poison watercourses and cause illness in both animals and humans. This waste must be tracked from the moment it is separated from non-hazardous waste or from the recycled elements. The tracking of the waste continues until it reaches its final destination. During this time, it may undergo one or more treatments to limit or remove its toxicity. The WEEE regulation also covers where this waste can be taken to ensure that its treatment at its final destination is in keeping with the regulations set out for WEEE recycling and waste management. While the regulations set out in WEEE are the main ones that need to be considered with recycling, reusing or dealing with computer waste, there is other pertinent legislation including the Waste Framework Directive that high-quality computer recycling companies need to be aware of. Companies like Berkshire Computer Recycling ensure that they are fully aware and compliant with all current recycling and waste legislation that affects the disposal of computers and similar devices.
Why Berkshire Computer Recycling Are Number One For WEEE Recycling
If you are looking for computer recycling or disposal within the Berkshire or North Hampshire area, then Berkshire Computer Recycling should be the first number you call. We offer free services for 15 + items of IT equipment and offer cost effective solutions for businesses with fewer items. We complete all device recycling, including computer recycling, within WEEE guidelines. To find out more about the services we offer or about WEEE recycling, head over to our website http://berkshire-computer-recycling.co.uk. To talk to a member of the team call us on 01189332976. Alternatively, you can leave us a message through our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.