The recycling of computer hardware is heavily legislated. In order to simplify and help our clients comply with the law, we have produced the following guide.
Waste is defined as anything that is thrown away. By using a licensed waste carrier, a company, organisation or entity is stating that any goods removed from premises are waste, irrespective of age or condition.
Hazardous Waste: Anything removed by a licensed waste carrier that contains hazardous components. Waste ICT goods deemed hazardous include: All Computer Monitors (TFT & CRT), Laptops, scanners, Universal Power Supplies, photocopiers, all-in-one printers. White Goods Deemed hazardous include: All forms of Television, fridges and freezers. Condition and functionality of these goods is irrespective.
Recycling is defined in the WEEE directive as the process of re-use as well as resource extraction by a licensed facility.
WEEE: Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, as derived from the EU WEEE directive.
EWC: European Waste Catalogue, defining types of wastes from all forms of industry and households. Each type of waste is defined by a six digit number, broken down into 3 groups of 2. An asterisk to the right of the number defined the waste as being hazardous. e.g.: Computer Monitors= 16 02 14*
Complying with the Law:
The Duty of Care commences with the choice of recycling route:
Full licensing for any recycling company includes the purchase of an Environment Agency permit in a relevant area of expertise, whether that be WEEE, scrap metals, plastics etc. Licensing is only granted after planning permission has been obtained and must be followed by the training and examination of nominated employees by WAMITAB (Waste Management Industry training and Advisory Board).
Responsibilities of our Clients:
Clients that produce in excess of 500 kilograms hazardous waste in any 12 month period must register with the Environment Agency as a Hazardous Waste Producer. Registration for the production of hazardous waste costs £18.00 online and provides a "premises code" for the building/ property from which hazardous wastes are to be removed.
Clients are required to counter-sign Duty of Care and Hazardous Waste notices produced by our drivers at the time of loading.
Responsibilities of IT-Green:
IT-Green collects redundant and obsolete I.T related hardware nominated by it's clients for recycling. Our service does not sub-contract the collection or transportation of goods from client's premises and instead maintains a fleet of vehicles, operated under our own waste carrier license.
As part of a collection, employees of IT-Green will load vehicles in line with Health and Safety requirements. Drivers are issued with generic method statements and risk assessments pertaining to their day to day work. Vehicles will not be loaded beyond their legal weight limit. During the loading process, all equipment you have nominated for recycling shall be labeled with your contract number.
All Drivers are issued with relevant legislative notifications. These include: Duty of care notices for non-hazardous waste and hazardous waste consignment notices for all waste deemed to be hazardous to health (as specified in the European Waste Catalogue). IT-Green operates an Authorised treatment Facility (ATF) and it's employees hold relevant training in Waste Management, transportation, logistics and IT. IT-Green maintains an in-house Environmental Management System, derived from BS8555 and relevant to it's field of expertise. It's services are designed to ensure it's clients maintain continued compliance to relevant QA systems.
Where our data destruction service has been requested, employees shall remove storage devices from your redundant hardware and batch process the devices within 2 working days after the collection date. Storage devices shall be subjected to the agreed data destruction method, after which a certificate will be produced. The certificate will contain details relating to: the base computer system make and model, drive type, unique serial numbers relating to the storage device and model number.