We’ve touched on the importance of WEEE Compliance and how businesses across the UK must adhere to the obligations that fall under WEEE legislation. However, we’ve yet to talk about how you can go about arranging a WEEE collection to safely dispose of your E-waste.
Appointing a certified recycling firm to take care of the paperwork and recycling for you is easy. Along with your peace of mind, there’s an undoubted feel-good factor knowing that you’re doing your bit to help the environment.
However, there are a few things to watch out for. Opting for a low-cost recycling firm could end up costing you dearly and can do more harm than good in the long term. To help you dispose of your E-waste properly, we’ll show you how to safely set up a collection with a fully certified and compliant recycling firm below.
Why should I dispose of my WEEE waste?
WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment) contains large amounts of metals like lead, mercury and cadmium that are harmful to the environment. Such waste is too dangerous to be taken to a landfill since the toxic metals can leak into the soil. At this point, such material can harm ecosystems and pollute water supplies.
WEEE and E-waste, therefore, must be disposed of in a certain way. While this can vary depending on the type of waste, it typically means that e-waste will be dismantled and reused, if possible.
This is why it’s important not to cut corners with WEEE collection. Low-cost recycling firms may be an attractive option initially, but they could just as easily be sending your waste to a landfill instead of properly disposing of it. Or worse, they may be selling your equipment without first erasing the sensitive data that’s on there.
How can I set up a WEEE collection?
There are a whole host of WEEE collection services and recycling firms that are available for businesses to dispose of their WEEE through. Deciding which one is right for you is a matter of comparison, but the process is generally the same across services.
Be sure to get quotes from the firms you’re interested in working with, so you have a collection of prices to compare. However, as we’ve stated, price shouldn’t be the deciding factor. Something that’s easy on the wallet is always nice, but a firm that can tailor its service to your exact needs should take precedence.
Likewise, you’ll want to opt for somewhere with a strong reputation for reliable and safe collection. When browsing potential contenders, make a note of any certifications, testimonials and mentions of compliance with WEEE Regulations 2013.
Collection services stamped with such accreditation are a clear sign of professionalism and reliability. If certifications aren’t apparent online, then it’s best to look for another service.
Likewise, the majority of reputable WEEE collection firms will provide you with full documentation after disposal. With this in hand, you’ll be able to demonstrate your own compliance, and avoid facing the fines issued to businesses that fail to follow WEEE regulations.
How CDL can help with your WEEE
If you’re looking for a safe and reliable way to dispose of your WEEE, then CDL can help. Providing a premium collection and WEEE-compliant recycling service across the UK for over 15 years, we’re fully certificated and compliant with all UK and EU legislation. What’s more, we use the latest techniques to make sure that the resources contained in your WEEE are recycled and reused in a way that benefits you and the environment.
Unlike cheaper recycling firms, we guarantee that absolutely none of your waste will be sent to landfill. Likewise, any revenue generated from remarketing parts can be used to offset retirement costs or paid back to your business; any computers parts that can’t be remarketed will be recycled instead.
For added peace of mind, we use data erasing software that goes above and beyond other approved standards to ensure your most sensitive data doesn’t end up falling into the wrong hands. We even carry out onsite hard drive destruction, where you can witness your most sensitive data being destroyed on your own premises – a little extra peace of mind that your equipment is in the safest of hands.
To arrange a collection with CDL, give us a call on 01925 730 033 and we’ll get to work on safely and securely disposing of your WEEE, along with any sensitive data contained within.
CDL is one of the UK’s leading IT disposal companies, working to help private and public businesses and organisations safely retire and recycle their outdated IT assets. To find out how we could help your business, or more of the latest tech news and advice, visit our homepage or call our team today on 0333 060 2846.