This summary is designed to inform customers of the legal requirements & responsibilities when undertaking disposal of redundant, obsolete and broken electrical and electronic equipment. It also presents a clear framework that ensures complete compliance for your organisation every time.
One of our roles in the disposal process is to ensure that all recycling operations carried out on behalf our customers comply fully with all relevent legislation.
In most cases Seek-it customers are not required to take specific action to ensure their responsibilities are met. Simply make an order then leave the legal issues firmly in our hands.
Our 7 point waste guidance list quickly highlights the most important steps your organisation should take when storing and disposing of redundant equipment such as old computers and office equipment, WEEE and E-waste.
- Protect and store your waste safely, dispose of all your waste responsibly
- Check that all individuals or organisations that handle your waste are authorised to do so. Ask for copies of their Waste Permits for your records.
- If you use a collection service check they are a registered to carry controlled waste. Ask for a copy of their waste carriers licence for your records.
In most cases your organisation can deliver the waste it produces to a recycling site without a Waste Carriers licence.
- Keep records of all waste that you dispose of for a minimum two years
- Ensure that personal data is permanently removed from all redundant computer hard drives and magnetic media either prior to or as part of the disposal process.
- Always use an Authorised Treatment Facility (WEEE ATF) for all Waste Electrical & Electronic recycling.
- Consider other legislation that may apply to your organisation when storing and disposing of waste such as Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAW) and the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005.
You are welcome to contact Seek-it should you have any questions about your legal responsibilities concerning data destruction and electrical waste disposal.
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Each time a commercial, educational establishment, hospital and public sector agency produce any waste, they instantly gain new responsibilities from a variety of waste and other legislation.
The legal framework for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling services is covered under a combination of the following UK Regulations and Acts:
- The Environmental Protection Act 1990: Compliance with Duty of Care (Waste) is applicable to all waste streams produced by an organisation.
- The WEEE Regulations 2006 place new responsibilities for non-household users of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) at the time of disposal.
- Certain EEE recycling such as Computer systems may introduce the Data Protection Act 1998.
- Some waste such as display, refrigeration and some batteries & lamps may be deemed ‘Hazardous’ in which case additional responsibilities are added by the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005.
Failure to comply with the legislation involved when your organisation disposes of any redundant electronic equipment could result in criminal proceeding with penalties that include imprisonment, fines and a criminal record.
Adherence to other legislation may also apply; reckless computer disposal could breach the Copyright Designs and Patent Act 1988 due to potential software licensing violations and also facilitate a breach of the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
Measures to ensure compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAW) may be required, particularly during movement, stacking and storage of WEEE and E-waste on your premises.
You are always welcome to talk with one of our WAMITAB certified Waste managers for specific advice about waste legislation. Use our free 'Call Me' service located on bottom left menu any time during work hours to speak with us instantly.