The UK as a whole produces some 2 million tonnes of waste electronic equipment each year (ref: Health & Safety Executive). However, with escalating landfill taxes (details), recycling and recovery is now seen as a financially viable alternative. Unfortunately, an estimated 100,000 tonnes of this waste is exported from the UK each year (Source: BBC) - even though recent years have seen the highest commodity trade prices for such "material rich" resources.
The revised WEEE Directive (2012) (learn more) stipulates that by 2020 the UK will have to recover and recycle an equivalent "like for like" to 85% of electronic goods placed on the market during the same year. This coupled with the revised waste framework directive and a push toward a circular economy, let alone future "end of waste" certification, adds further emphasis to the need to use suitable disposal routes for wastes. It's for these reasons that we apply the Waste Hierarchy (Explanation) to all equipment that we process, with re-use first and foremost and (in-house) recycling applied to everything else. When considered in the spirit of the Waste Hierarchy, our processes are resource efficient and add to the goals of achieving a circular economy. These remain key driving factors behind us not using landfill or exporting waste.
All Computer Equipment: Including, but not limited to:
Data/ Drive Destruction. We ensure all data is completely destroyed and never leaves our premises. Hard drives are subjected to a full and certificated Data destruction Process.
CRT, TFT & Plasma Screens : Why dispose of your monitor when it's in working order. CRT screens and old TFTs can last many years. Just because corporations have to rely on the latest technologies, doesn't mean that your used screens can't be put to good use elsewhere in Britain.
Baseunits & Laptops: We remove data storage devices from all systems, which are then binary wiped as a minimum. Motherboards are either re-used or melted down. Cases (even plastics) are recycled as scrap.
Cabling, Wiring & Power Chords . Wherever possible, cables are re-used. It saves on the energy required to extract the precious copper in the wiring. Otherwise, we chop off connectors and recover the copper core from the wiring.
Servers: Servers require extra special care. They contain sensitive data from our clients, so we recommend that all drives removed from these given a 7 pass binary wipe. Most servers are retired late in their lives and as such, are usually recycled into component form for metals extraction.
Networking Equipment: Routers, hubs and switches are all invaluable in the computer industry. However, as end users switch to the cloud and the cost of such hardware drops in price, we have no choice than to recover materials from them rather than re-use them.
Printer and toner Cartridge Recycling: We advocate the re-use of printers, their parts and used cartridges wherever possible. Empty toners and ink cartridges are sent for re-filling wherever possible. Printers that have reached end of life are recycled for plastics, metals and circuit boards.
Imaging Equipment:Including, but not limited to:
Large Format Equipment: Printers, plotters and scanners. We are able to re-purpose some units. However, many are beyond economical re-use and from these we recover the metals, plastics and circuitry. All wiring is removed and recycled. Inks and cartridges are re-filled for re-use wherever possible.
Photocopiers and workgroup printers. Note that some Photocopiers may contain backlights that employ white Mercury Powder. Wherever necessary, we issue Hazardous Waste Consignment notices for Photocopiers, ensuring a full chain of custody is documented. The recycling process for Photocopiers and workgroup printers is, as with laser printers, a process of recovering all materials.
Scanners: Flatbed scanners, like Photocopiers, may function through the use of backlights containing white mercury powder. As with Photocopiers, we are obliged to issue hazardous waste consignment notices for Flatbed scanners, ensuring a chain of custody is evident.
Telecoms Recycling: Including, but not limited to:
Desk Phones: We'll rcycle desk phones, their stands, any wiring and connectors. Some phones see a new lease of life. However, the majority are recycled for their materials. We recover the plastics, circuitry and wires from the phones themselves.
Mobile Phones: No matter the age or condition, we'll strip the phone down, destroying all data in the process. We offer a fully certified service for phones containing data, providing you with a certificate of destruction that details the make, model, serial number and IMEI number of the handset.
Telecoms Racks, VOIP equipment, TX equipment, switches, exchanges, fibre equipment etc.: All equipment is decommissioned, either at your site our at our facility. Everything is recovered and dismantled before being fully recycled.
In order to reduce client overheads and make good use of our permit, we also recycle white goods. The majority of goods contained in communal areas can be recycled through our service.
Microwaves and electric Cookers. Goods manufactured prior to 1950 may contain Asbestos and cannot be accepted by us. We will collect and transport goods made after this period, issue controlled waste transfer notes and carry out the full recycling of these items at our own facility.
Kettles, toasters and small electrical items. Small electrical items include Hifis, stereos, camcorders, cameras, security cameras, water coolers. This list is not exhaustive. All equipment is broken down in-house into its constituent components.
Televisions: Our service accepts CRT, TFT, LCD, OLED and Plasma screens, no matter their condition or age. We recover all the materials from the screens, draining all fluids in the process.
Goods we cannot accept, transport or process include those containing Asbestos, Radioactive materials or Ozone (CFC and HCFC) depleting gases. Unfortunately, we currently do not have the facilities to treat fridges or freezers.