Recycle your old I.T, the Weee directive:- What is it?

You will often hear WEEE discussed in relation to recycling, but what does it mean to the average recycler?

WEEE stands for Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. The WEEE directive which came into force fully 1st July 2007 puts the responsibility for disposal of electrical and electronic equipment with the manufacturers and requires them to dispose of unwanted items in an environmentally-friendly manner.

What can Weee recycle

4way Support Services can help in the disposal and recycling of all types of computer related equipment, computer monitors, servers, desktops pc, notebooks, printers and all other IT hardware like CRT displays, tapes, floppy disks, CD’s and DVD’s to ensure compliance with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directives (WEEE).

Redundant IT equipment and CRT displays are assessed for the most suitable recycling route in accordance with WEEE guidelines. The majority of equipment currently collected is consigned for physical destruction with recovery of various material components. Equipment is stripped down with any hazardous elements removed i.e. gas discharge lamps and lithium cells on motherboards. The material is then separated, shredded and processed. Ferrous, non-ferrous and precious metals are recovered from the equipollent and sent for recycling.

Secure data destruction is achieved by physical destruction of the media, however, if you specifically require data to be certified destroyed to SEAP standards this can be arranged, please call to discuss your individual requirements.

In addition to IT equipment, 4way Support Services can offer a recycling service for all other electrical office equipment such as mobile phones, phones, fax machines, photocopiers and other similar items

The same recycling process is applied to the equipment that is refurbished for reuse where possible, stripped of components for reuse or broken down for material recovery in accordance with WEEE.