With the constant development and advancement of IT equipment, we are always seeing a newer and more efficient model coming on to the market. This in turn means businesses are often upgrading systems and equipment to stay ahead of the curve, but what happens to the old equipment which has become redundant?
We may have once disposed of these in landfill, or left them piled up in a spare cupboard, but with regulations such as WEEE determining how we dispose of the electronic waste and GDPR cracking down on how we handle the data, businesses need to be in the know of how to dispose of old equipment correctly and ethically.
What is WEEE recycling?
The Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment recycling regulations came into force in February 2003 and relate to any type of electrical equipment that has a plug or needs batteries for power whether they are business or household items.
What should businesses be recycling under WEEE?
The most popular items businesses recycle are:
What effect does electronic waste have on the environment?
The electronic equipment highlighted by the WEEE regulations often include hazardous materials which if they are sent straight to landfill would severely damage the environment by contaminating the soil and potentially surrounding areas.
The main elements which can be recycled from IT equipment are gold, silver, palladium and copper. With it costing 3 times as much to mine these precious metals than it does to recycle them [check stat] you are not only supporting the environment but saving resources too!
What can I do?
By having a clear process in place for disposing of your old IT equipment through recycling, you can improve your green credentials by reducing environmental waste and you may even benefit financially from the recycled product! If you use an IT recycling company you can also receive documentation to prove you recycled your equipment to the WEEE regulations standards.
If you would like to know more about how to recycle your IT equipment, or how to erase old data to comply with GDPR, please contact us.