Computer & WEEE Waste Recycling
The collection, disposal, and/or recycling of computer and computer peripherals are governed by the rules and regulations covering the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, or WEEE for short.
HSE legislation limiting the use of hazardous substances that are found in electrical and electric equipment, and the way that the hardware should be collected and recycled, was put into force in 2006. These regulations are enforced by the environmental agency.
The code of practice under the WEEE regulations states that all computer waste is to be segregated at its point of collection so as to be distinct from any other types of waste.
The regulations have been put into place in order to try to minimize the environmental damage caused by the disposing of hazardous wastes and substances, but also to facilitate its diversion (where appropriate) to the various recycling activities.
Because computer monitors contain Mercury, (which is deemed a hazardous substance), they are transported, alongside fluorescent lighting tubes, to bespoke facilities across the UK that are specially equipped to deal with the safe disposal of mercury contaminated products.
The balance of the computer and computer peripherals waste, goes to separate recycling centres for grading.
The computer waste that is considered to be made up of good quality product, and built to higher specifications, is then separated and cleaned in readiness for resale and export to various overseas markets, including third world countries, where these products are considered to be more state of the art than other products available in those same countries.
The next grade down of products, are dismantled for re-use as spares.
The poorest grade of equipment that cannot be used for either export resale or for spares is then broken down into its component parts and separated into categories such as glass, plastic, components and metal, which can then be forwarded for final and ultimate recycling.
Companies and individuals
disposing of computer equipment should remember to totally clean the
hard disks before releasing the equipment for recycling, in order to
prevent any sensitive information from entering into the public domain.
Abacus Office WEEE Clearance Cover The Following Areas:
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