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Why the Future’s Bright for the Corporate WEEE Sector

Why the Future’s Bright for the Corporate WEEE Sector

The amount of waste generated by electrical and electronic equipment has been one of the biggest issues facing the world in recent years. WEEE Technology, who specialise in corporate computer recycling in Central London and further afield, look at what the future is likely to hold when it comes to e-waste trends in the UK.

 

The Latest Facts and Figures

The UK Government has provided annual figures on the amount of electronic waste which has been collected in the UK for every year since 2007. In 2020, just over six million tonnes (6,286,016 tonnes, to be exact) of electrical waste was collected. This represented a drop of almost three million tonnes on the 2019 figure.

However, it is unclear whether this decrease is a reflection of the amount of waste which is being generated or the figure has been distorted by the coronavirus pandemic, which has made the physical collection and recording processes much more difficult. The fourth-quarter waste figures for 2020, for instance, were only added in March this year.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs is predicting a 1% increase in the amount of WEEE collected over the course of 2021 – but this is based on figures over a five-year period, rather than just based on the 2020 total.

 

The Changing Working Patterns

However, it is possible to be confident that the months ahead will see an upsurge in the amount of electronic waste which is being collected and recycled. One of the principal reasons for this is the huge increase in the number of people working from home.

According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2020 more than one in three people (35.9%) worked at home for at least part of their working week. This represented a rise of almost 10% on 2019. Other surveys suggest this trend is likely to continue; Daisy Corporate Services polled 350 businesses in November and December last year, and 85% of those taking part thought at least half their employees would continue working from home over the next 12 months.

Employees also appear to be happy to continue this trend. In a survey of 5,000 UK working adults in January and February 2021, almost four out of every five (78%) indicated they would like to continue working from home for at least part of the week. (This poll was carried out on behalf of the University of Nottingham and Stanford University by Prolific).

 

The Ongoing Demand to Dispose of Electronic Waste

There may well be a backlog of electronic waste because it hasn’t been convenient or feasible to collect it with all the latest restrictions. Also, a lot of businesses are considering moving their offices and downsizing, because they don’t want to spend money on space which they won’t need. With many employees working from home more regularly, the demand for large office space has fallen considerably.

A survey by Accumulate Capital of more than 500 UK business leaders in 2020 showed that almost three out of every four (73%) believe increasing numbers of UK companies will downsize over the next 12 months – and more than one in three of those surveyed (37%) will be doing so themselves.

There is also an ongoing demand for new equipment, which may be required to ensure that employees can work remotely. Many existing home computers may need to be upgraded to ensure that they are equipped and capable of running relevant business software.

 

How WEEE Technology Can Help

With large quantities of electronic equipment likely to end up as waste over the coming months, WEEE Technology is well placed to play its part in ensuring everything is disposed of legally and ethically.

We can collect all your business’s IT equipment, securely wiping data and providing certificates to show this has been done. We are partnered with Global Lifecycle Solutions EMEA, the UK distributor of WhiteCanyon WipeDrive. We use their software for our secure data erasure for our clients in London and elsewhere, and we also sell this software on to prospective customers who want to erase their own data.

Sending items to landfill is always a last resort, so we often sell computers on, sharing the profits with the original customers. Anything that is not resold is either dismantled and sold to precious metal refiners, scrap plastic or metal merchants, or other companies who specialise in dealing with e-waste.

 

Corporate Computer Disposal from WEEE Technology

If you would like to know more about any of our corporate computer disposal services in and around central London, you can complete our online quote form or call us on 020 7859 4669.

Why Lockdown Has Seen a Surge in Corporate Computer Disposal

Why Lockdown Has Seen a Surge in Corporate Computer Disposal

Lockdown has had a major effect on our demand for electronic devices, and not in a good way. More than 50 million tonnes of electronic waste is generated across the world every year, and the United Nations predicts this figure will more than double over the next 30 years.

Here WEEE Technology, specialists in corporate computer disposal in London, look at why this figure is increasing so much – and what businesses and individuals should be doing about it.

 

The Drive Away from Offices and Into Homeworking

Even after lockdown is over, more than half of all companies who do survive the Covid-19 pandemic plan to cut their working space, according to a survey by networking equipment specialists Cisco. And nine out of every ten employees surveyed said they didn’t plan to return to their office full time, and they would instead be working from home or remotely for at least part of the week.

A recent further study, by business-to-business specialists Coleman Parkes, showed that, out of 600 companies approached, the vast majority had to buy new electronic equipment to accommodate these new working patterns. In terms of quantity, these same businesses purchased almost 100 items each for their staff, in the form or laptops, mobile phones and tablets.

 

Downsizing and Hot-Desking

A lot of businesses are reducing the size of their offices, and the amount of high-tech equipment they need, because they don’t need so much room. Only this week, banking giant HSBC announced that a lot of its senior staff in London’s Canary Wharf would be losing their personal offices and would have to ‘hot-desk’ on an open-plan main floor. This forms part of a drive to reduce their overall office-space by around 40%.

Some companies won’t be needing their electronic equipment any longer because they haven’t downsized but gone out of business altogether. This isn’t just the major High Street retail names like Debenhams and the Arcadia group, but smaller firms too. The Federation of Small Businesses is warning that around a quarter of a million companies could fail during 2021 without the promise of further financial help from the Government, on top of those which have already failed to survive.

All of this means that a lot of electronic devices – which appear on balance sheets as a company asset – need to be disposed of in a manner that satisfies the e-waste regulators and the company administrators.

 

What Should We Do About It?

WEEE Technology is well placed to ensure that all this e-waste is disposed of in a legal, ethical and sustainable fashion. We can collect your business’s IT equipment, securely wiping data and providing certificates to show this has been done.

We are partnered with Global Lifecycle Solutions EMEA, the UK distributor of WhiteCanyon WipeDrive. We use their software for our secure data erasure, and we also sell this software on to prospective customers who want to erase their own data.

Whenever we sell computers on, we share the profits with the customers. Anything that is not resold is either dismantled and sold to precious metal refiners, scrap plastic or metal merchants, or taken to companies who specialise in dealing with e-waste. Sending items to landfill is always considered a last resort.

 

Corporate Computer Disposal from WEEE Technology

If you would like to know more about any of our corporate computer disposal for companies in and around London, you can complete our online quote form or call us on 020 7859 4669.

Reasons to Use WEEE Tech for Your Corporate Computer Destruction

The UK is one of the biggest offenders in the world when it comes to electronic waste. As recently as two years ago, it was producing an average of 24kg of e-waste per person, behind only Norway.

However, the Global E-waste Monitor report also notes that Europe has one of the highest rates of e-waste recycling in the world - thanks to the efforts of companies like WEEE Technology. 

We specialise in corporate computer disposal in Central London. Here are the key reasons to use us if you have any unwanted laptops, desktop PCs or any other high-tech electronic items your business needs to get rid of.

Our Convenience

We make it easy for you to dispose of your unwanted e-waste responsibly and legally. Simply fill in our ‘Get a Quote’ form, entering the items you would like to recycle and your contact details to get an idea of the cost. If you are happy with the quote, we have a separate page here, where you can arrange the collection of your old tech.

We also offer the WEEElie Tech Bin, which allows you to dispose of your unwanted computers and tech in your own time. Just give us a call when you’re done, and we will come and pick it up.

As well as laptops and PCs, we can also responsibly dispose of a wide variety of other tech, including servers, monitors, tablets, smartphones and smartboards, printers, copiers, scanners and batteries.  We will help take care of all the paperwork for you too.

 

Our Associated Services

We don’t just take your unwanted e-waste away, we make sure that it’s properly dealt with. As part of this, we offer highly reputable data destruction and erasure services, completed using high-grade software that ensures that any data is safely destroyed or wiped  - we will give you a certificate to prove it. If you would like to destroy your data yourself, we are partners of Global Lifecycle Solutions EMEA, so we can sell you the software that will enable you to do this.

We also offer a rebate service where, if we can sell any of your computers or laptops on, we will split any profits with you, which could be financially advantageous for you as well.

 

Our Regulatory Compliance

When it comes to safe and secure corporate computer disposal, it isn’t just about taking the equipment away, it is also about making sure that all the legal requirements are met. We hold all the relevant accreditations, including a Waste Carriers’ Licence and a T11 Waste Exemption Licence from the Environment Agency.

We also have an ICO Data Protection registration which means we are legally obliged to protect any information that we hold or process, which is even more important since the introduction of the GDPR regulations

If you would like to know more about our accreditations and what they mean, click here.

 

Our Commitment to Avoid Landfill

We always do our utmost to avoid sending anything to a landfill site. That is why we follow the Government-approved WEEE Hierarchy – Prevention, Re-Use, Recycling, Recovery, and, if all else fails, disposal, which you can read more about here.

If there is anything that can’t be resold or recycled, it is dismantled and sold to specialist companies such as precious metal refiners, plastics and metal merchants, or other specific e-waste companies.

 

Corporate Computer Disposal in Central London from WEEE Technology

If you would like to know more about any of our corporate computer disposal services for companies in central London, including data erasure and destruction. You can complete our online quote form or call us on 020 7859 4669.

Using WEEE Tech for Your Unused Computers & Laptops

Using WEEE Tech for Your Unused Computers & Laptops

One of the fastest-growing areas of waste is electronic waste, which hit a record high in 2019 of 53.6 million tonnes. In addition, not all of this waste was recycled correctly or in an environmentally-friendly way, according to the UN’s Global E-Waste Monitors and there are signs that the coronavirus pandemic is going to increase the amount of laptops, computers and other electrical devices bound for the scrapheap.

In our latest blog, the team at WEEE Technology, specialists in data erasure and destruction in London, look at the reasons behind this, and how by using us, companies can dispose of their electronic waste safely, securely and in line with all the latest legislation.

The Closure of Parts of the Economy

Many firms are being forced to close down or downsize because of the financial pressures brought about by the pandemic. The Financial Times estimated that 21,000 more businesses collapsed in March 2020 in comparison to the year before, with coronavirus being cited as the main reason, followed by general economic uncertainty caused by the UK’s exit from the European Union.

When a company ceases trading, or reduces in size one of the assets they have to dispose of are all of the electronic devices, such as PCs, laptops, and mobile phones. It is the responsibility of liquidators, administrators or management accountants to ensure that these are disposed of correctly.

Studies also suggest that a lot of firms are downsizing their office space as a result of the surge and success of working from home during the pandemic. This move away from the traditional office set up is leading to changes in IT equipment requirements – and subsequently lots of old redundant equipment.

Our Growing Reliance on Technology

As more people are working from home they are relying on mobiles and laptops with applications such as Zoom, to keep in touch with other colleagues and get work done. One survey showed that 97% of firms have bought buy new laptops to accommodate for the switch to working from home.

With schools also increasingly having to rely on digital learning rather than face-to-face teaching, this has led to a big increase in the numbers of devices being bought. It is therefore not a surprise that experts are predicting a big increase in the amount of waste which will be generated a few years down the line, as these products reach the end of their natural lives and will need to be replaced.

How WEEE Tech Can Help

We are well placed to help reduce this projected increase in the amount of e-waste. Our corporate services include collection and transporting of IT equipment, securely wiping data, issuing asset and audit reports, and providing certificates of data erasure or disposal, taking a lot of the burden away from you.

We work with Global Lifecycle Solutions EMEA, the UK distributor of WhiteCanyon WipeDrive and their dedicated support team, using their software for our secure data erasure. We also sell the software and provide support to prospective customers who wish to erase the data themselves.

We also offer a rebate service whenever we sell computers on, sharing the profits with the customers. Anything that is not resold is either dismantled and sold to precious metal refiners, to scrap plastic or metal merchants, or taken to specific e-waste companies.

Data Erasure and Destruction from WEEE Technology

If you would like to know more about any of our data erasure and destruction services for companies in and around London, you can complete our online quote form or call us on 020 7859 4669.

WEEE Technology – For School Data Destruction

WEEE Technology – For School Data Destruction

Schools hold an enormous amount of personal information – including such sensitive data as names, addresses, dates of birth, exam grades, and medical details of all staff and pupils. There could be serious consequences if it ever got into the wrong hands.

Data erasure specialists WEEE Technology are now able to help schools in London and further afield to meet their legal obligations when it comes to protecting the information they hold about any of their staff and pupils.

Since the first coronavirus lockdown there has been an increased demand to work remotely, so there is more data being stored electronically. This compound the requirement to make sure that when any asset such as a laptop is retired, any data on its hard drive is properly and permanently destroyed.

The Legal Position

Schools and colleges were better off than many other organisations when the new EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) were introduced in 2018. Thanks to the UK’s existing Data Protection Act, there were robust protection protocols already in place – pupils and parents had a right to know, and access, what information their school held about them.

GDPR did result in schools having to meet some additional requirements. They must now appoint their own data protection officers, and parents or pupils (depending on their age) must consent for any of their data to be passed on if it’s not going to be used strictly for school purposes.

One of the most important elements of GDPR is the right to be forgotten, so the data may need to be destroyed if the pupils or parents request it. Schools must also ensure that whenever they upgrade or change their computers, PCs, laptops and get rid of the old ones that they do not leave any information on them.

Secure Data Erasure for Schools from WEEE Technology

This is where data erasure experts WEEE Technology come in. We can securely erase your data, either at school or off-site. Our erasure process produces a certificate for every hard drive that is erased, providing proof that all the data has been permanently deleted. The schools will also receive a document that explains what equipment has been collected and services that have been carried out.

We use nationally and internationally recognised software to do this. In the UK we erase all data using WipeDrive software and the wipe pattern is HMG Infosec 5 enhanced – the recognised government standard for data erasure. If any of the hard drives fail to wipe, they may need to be degaussed. And if any of the equipment contains material which is classified as hazardous, then we will issue a Hazardous Waste Consignment note which will be sent along with the report.

We can erase data to any wipe pattern requested, although schools, like many businesses, opt for the UK government standard. And our services in the public sector are generally free of charge.

Getting in Touch with WEEE Technology

WEEE Technology aim to help all our clients with their computer disposal requirements whilst maintaining a responsibility to the environment. We are regulated by the Environment Agency as an upper Tier waste carrier, broker and dealer. We also have a T11 Waste Exemption Licence, which allows us to repair, refurbish and dispose of electronic equipment.

As well as data erasure for schools, we also provide corporate date destruction and IT equipment recycling in the London area. If you would like to know more about the services we offer you can contact us by following this link and filling in the online form or by calling us on 020 7859 4669. 

How WEEE Technology Can Help the Corporate World

How WEEE Technology Can Help the Corporate World

At WEEE Technology we don’t just help companies who want to upgrade their computers and laptops and need to dispose of all their old IT equipment. As specialists in corporate IT data erasure in the London area, we can also help our customers to securely erase their own data – and help the financial specialists who take over other businesses.

A Helping Hand

If you are an administrator or management accountant who is involved in winding up businesses in financial difficulty, then you have a legal obligation to decommission and securely destroy any data on IT equipment owned by that company.

At WEEE Technology we can decommission, collect, transport the IT equipment, securely wipe data, issue asset and audit reports, and provide certificates of data erasure or disposal, taking a lot of the burden away from you. We also offer a rebate service, whenever we sell the computers on, and share the profits with the customers.

Anything that is not resold is either dismantled and sold to precious metal refiners, or scrap or plastic metal merchants, or taken to specific e-waste companies.

Best Software White Canyon WipeDrive

We are working closely with Global Lifecycle Solutions EMEA, the UK distributor of WhiteCanyon WipeDrive and their dedicated support team, using their software for our secure data erasure. This association is aimed at us providing a high-quality service to our customers. We also partner with Global Lifecycle Solutions EMEA to sell the software and provide support to prospective customers who wish to erase the data themselves.

WipeDrive’s software can be used with workstations, servers, iOS and Android devices that can create vulnerabilities in employers’ security systems. Companies can securely erase the data held on these devices, enabling them to be reused or permanently disposed of.

The software, which is widely used by international large-scale corporations and US government departments who handle a lot of sensitive information, also generates certified audit reports to prove that the data has been wiped. Any type of forensic data recovery is post wipe impossible.

WEEE Tech’s Regulatory Compliance

Whatever reason you have for needing WEEE Technology’s data erasure and destruction services, you can trust us to meet the highest of standards. All the erasure software we use is accredited under the Commercial Product Assurance scheme administered by the National Cyber Security Centre, which is a part of GCHQ, and complies with international as well as domestic standards.

if you want your data to be destroyed, then we can do it either on-site or off-site. In both cases the IT assets will be kept in a locked container in strictly controlled conditions. Our data destruction methods have been approved by the Government and the Environment Agency.

If you would like to know more about any of our corporate data erasure services in and around London, you can complete online quote form or call us on 020 7859 4669.

Five Key Reasons to Have an IT Audit

Five Key Reasons to Have an IT Audit

As well as offering ethical and safe computer disposal in and around London, WEEE Technology also offer a range of other services – including an audit of all your company’s IT equipment. Here we look at five key reasons why businesses find this service useful.

As Part of Your Company Balance Sheet

Every UK-based company is legally obliged to file accounts with Companies House. An audit will help identify how much all your IT hardware and software is worth, and this figure can then be entered on the balance sheet as a tangible fixed asset.

Some businesses don’t have up-to-date records of what they own, and the last thing you want to do is pay tax on an item which doesn’t exist, or the wrong amount of tax because you have incorrectly assessed the equipment’s true value. 

To Help with Your Overall IT Strategy

An IT audit can help you schedule a planned programme of maintenance. Once you know the make, model and age of every piece of equipment, then you can implement a rolling programme of repairs and, if necessary, replacement.

Audits can also help you implement a disaster recovery plan – if you have a power cut, for instance, have you backed up all your files?

Also, if you are thinking of expanding your business, then an audit will identify which items of equipment are likely to still be fit for purpose or ‘scalable’, and which items you should be looking to replace.  

To Help with Regulatory Compliance

An IT audit may be able to identify weaknesses in your equipment. For instance, older PCs and laptops may no longer be supported by technical updates from the software manufacturer. This could mean they are more vulnerable to a targeted attack by hackers.

A proper ‘stock take’ will allow you to take steps to improve your security, which is more important than ever, as the authorities are now cracking down on companies who do not keep their clients’ personal information safe.

The General Data Protection Regulations, which came into effect in 2018, mean that your business could face a substantial fine if you have suffered an unauthorised data breach. You may need to ensure compliance with other, more industry-specific legal requirements as well.

To Fill in Gaps in Your Knowledge

Companies often ask for our audits because they have incomplete records of what they own. It can sometimes be difficult to keep track of everything, particularly if you have staff who work from home.

An IT audit can also form part of a regular, planned stocktake of everything the company owns, or for a specific event such as a potential sale or takeover, when you need to know the total value of all your assets, including computers, PCs and laptops.

To Help with IT Disposal

IT equipment often needs to be disposed of it is no longer fit for the purpose your company wants it for. At WEEE Technology we offer secure data erasure and destruction, as well as safe computer disposal, primarily for companies in north and central London. We have all the latest certification, including a waste carriers’ licence and a waste exemption licence both issued by the Environment Agency, which ensures our regulatory compliance.

We always aim to recycle or repurpose as many items as possible. Sending items to landfill is always a last resort.

IT Audits from WEEE Technology

At WEEE Technology we offer a full report on all your IT assets, not just the computers. We record all the details, including the make, model, serial number and a full specification. Usually our audits are completed in Excel, but we can format them in other programs – just ask and we should be able to comply with your needs.

If you would like to know more about our IT audit services, follow this link or call us on 020 7859 4669.

Four Key Reasons Why You Can Rely on WEEE Technology

Four Key Reasons Why You Can Rely on WEEE Technology

Recent changes to data protection laws mean companies need to be a lot more careful with the way they handle data and dispose of electronic equipment storing it. This applies whether it’s personal staff information, client details or material related to the company as a whole. 

WEEE Technology are specialists in secure data erasure – and destruction – for businesses throughout London seeking to dispose of old computers, tablets and laptops. Here are four key reasons why you can rely on us.

Our Minimum Overwriting Standards

With our comprehensive data erasure service, hard drives are overwritten multiple times to recognised UK and global standards to ensure data is securely erased. Under our Standard Plan, media is overwritten at least three times, which fulfils the requirements of most companies. For organisations needing to erase particularly sensitive data, such as. government departments or banks and other financial institutions, we offer a Premium Plan for which hard drives are overwritten seven times.

We scan the entire hard drive to eliminate the risk of data remanence. The certificates issued on completion detail the methods used and provide proof that data erasure has been completed to required standards.

Our High Levels of Security

If you would prefer to use our data destruction services, available to London businesses, your data will be kept in a locked container under strictly controlled conditions. This can be completed on-site or off-site.

We keep a record of the chain of custody at all times. The hard drive is scanned onto a database and a record of the serial number is taken before carefully controlled steps are taken to break it up into small recyclable pieces, from which your data cannot be recovered.

A Certificate of Destruction will then be issued which can be used as proof of compliance with data protection legislation.

The Methods We Use

If you opt for data erasure, we will use a variety of software programs which are recognised at home and abroad. Here in the UK, our software is accredited under the Commercial Product Assurance scheme administered by the National Cyber Security Centre, which is a part of GCHQ.

Data erasure is performed in accordance to Infosec Enhanced Standard 5. US and global clients, meanwhile, can be confident that our software and methods comply with international standards, including the Air Force System Security Instruction 5020 and the U.S. Army AR380-19 data erasure method.

Our data destruction methods are also government-approved and certified by the Environment Agency.

Our Accreditations

WEEE Technology is fully compliant with all aspects of the Data Protection Act, which requires us to keep our various accreditations up to date. These include our Waste Carriers’ Licence and T11 Waste Exemption Licence, both of which are issued by the Environment Agency.

Furthermore, we are an ICO Data Protection Registered business, which requires full compliance with data protection laws.  

The WEEE Directive

By using our services, you can be confident your business is complying with the requirements of the WEEE Directive, which was introduced to reduce the amount of electronic equipment ending up in landfill.

As we move towards a zero-waste economy, landfill should only be a last resort. WEEE Tech is helping to reduce electronic waste at landfill by recycling or making components with irrecoverable data available for reuse whenever possible.

Secure Data Erasure in London from WEEE Technology

WEEE Technology offers secure data erasure and destruction services for businesses in and around London.

If you need to dispose of some high-tech hardware, a quote can be requested online. Complete our online quote form or call us on 020 7859 4669.

Why is E-waste Such a Problem?

Why is E-waste Such a Problem?

The recent publicity devoted to the awareness of carbon footprints, global warming and the amount of plastic being dumped in our oceans means that there is a growing movement towards people recognising they need to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

However, vast amounts of waste electronic and electrical equipment is still being created around the world. The World Economic Forum has estimated that 48.5 million tonnes of WEEE waste was dumped across the globe in 2018, and says it is one of the planet’s fastest growing types of refuse.

Here WEEE Technology, who specialise in the disposal of computer equipment and other electronic devices in London, look at why the disposing of mobiles, laptops and PCs is still a big issue.

There’s a Lot of it About

The world’s population has been estimated at more than 7.5 billion in 2019 – and around two-thirds of the population have access to a mobile device, usually a phone. In the UK, where the population is around 65 million, seven out of every 10 people own a smartphone.

So, bearing in mind that these statistics do not include PCs, laptops and TVs, this means that there is a massive amount of electronic devices out there. All of these will eventually need to be disposed of.

Technological Advances – and Built-in Obsolescence

The average lifespan of a smartphone has been estimated at around 2.5 years, and tablets around 6.5 years. This may be in part down to accidents, with owners damaging their devices so badly they can’t be repaired.

However, technological changes also mean people prefer to replace their electronic equipment with the newer, faster version, even if their existing device is still working adequately. More controversially, some companies have been accused of introducing ‘built-in obsolescence’ into their products, such as no longer providing automatic operating system (OS) updates or ceasing technical support for older models or programs. This obviously has an impact on the number of electronic items which go to waste.

The ‘Throwaway Culture’

The so-called ‘throwaway culture’, which also applies to clothing and other household goods, means that consumers are more likely to buy a new product rather than try to repair an older one. Manufacturers and retail outlets will also encourage customers to ‘upgrade’ to a new device with tempting offers, free electronic equipment or limited-edition models.

With mobile devices rapidly becoming more technologically advanced, many people do not have the technical expertise to repair their device when it goes wrong. Often the cost of repair is so high that it makes more sense to buy a new replacement product instead.  

Greater Awareness of Health Problems

Another reason why WEEE disposal is still a big issue is because there is a much greater awareness of the health risks involved. Many electronic devices release toxic materials even if they end up in landfill – either seeping into groundwater or into the atmosphere.

Changes in the Law

As so much of our lives are now stored electronically on hard drives, so the need for protect that information has increased. The General Data Protection Regulations give consumers rights over the way their personal details are handled and disposed of.

If companies who handle personal data don’t dispose of it correctly then they run the risk of data breaches, consumer scams and identity theft. WEEE Technology specialise in secure data erasure for companies across London, making sure no unauthorised individuals can gain access to the equipment and hard drives are overwritten several times.

How WEEE Technology Can Help You

As well as data erasure, WEEE Technology offer a range of other services when it comes to electronic devices. We always try to repair and refurbish old products, and if this is not possible, we aim to harvest the raw materials for reuse rather then send them to a landfill site.

If you would like to learn more about how we dispose of computer equipment and other electronic devices in London, then follow this link and fill in the online form, or call us on 020 7859 4669.

Key Legislation which Affects the Disposal of Electronic Equipment

Key Legislation which Affects the Disposal of Electronic Equipment

Greater awareness of the damage that can be done to the environment by not disposing of our waste properly, plus the greater reliance on computers to store our personal information, makes IT equipment recycling one of the world’s fastest-growing areas of legislation.

WEEE Technology specialise in the disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment.  Here we look at some of the most important pieces of legislation which we must comply with – and some of our additional accreditations which mean that you can be sure we will deal with any of your waste legally, ethically and responsibly. 

The WEEE Directive

This was introduced by the UK’s Environment Agency in 2002, in a bid to cut back on the amount of electrical goods which were ending up in landfill sites. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive applies to all firms who either make, sell, import or regularly dispose of any of these types of goods. Now, all companies have a responsibility to reuse or recycle any discarded items before they end up as waste.

The WEEE directive has been updated regularly ever since and has also become part of European law. It is applied in partnership with the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, whose principal role is to check on the material content of manufactured electronic goods.

Before this legislation came into effect, a lot of old computers and laptops ended up in landfill sites. This caused health risks to people handling the items or living close to the waste area because most electrical equipment contains chemicals or materials which are potentially harmful.

GDPR and The Data Protection Act

In the UK, The Data Protection Act (DPA) was introduced in 1995 and was aimed at protecting personal data which was stored on paper as well as on computers. It meant individuals had a right to see the details that third parties, such as private businesses, held about them, and to have it corrected if it was inaccurate or destroyed if it was no longer required.

The Data Protection Act was updated in 2018 to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which covers the whole of Europe and it is designed to give people even more safeguards in a world where so much of our personal life and details are stored online.

GDPR also defines personal data as online identification markers and location data, and there are other key differences from the old DPA as well. Companies who handle personal information are now required by law to offer clear privacy notices to customers, and any security breaches must be reported within 72 hours. There are also much stiffer penalties for failing to comply with the law.

How This Affects WEEE Technology

As WEEE Technology are involved in a lot of computer equipment recycling, we are extremely careful to ensure we comply with all the legislation relating to personal data erasure. A large proportion of the items we handle contains sensitive information, such as bank details or corporate data which the companies involved do not want to see made public or passed on to their competitors.

We make sure that there is no unauthorised access to any of the equipment we handle by overwriting any hard drives multiple times. Our software is recognised by both the Commercial Product Scheme and the National Cyber Security Centre. For a full list of all the standards we meet or use in this area, go to our data erasure page.

Our Other Accreditations

WEEE Technology are officially accredited by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for our data protection legislation, which allows us to hold and process personal information. We also hold a Waste Carrier’s Licence, and a T11 Waste Exemption Licence, both of which are issued by the Environment Agency.

WEEE Disposal from WEEE Technology

We ensure that we completely comply with all the WEEE disposal regulations for all companies in London, including the WEEE Directive and all the legislation relating to data erasure. If you would like to learn more about our range of services, or want to dispose of some old computer equipment ethically and responsibly, follow this link and fill in the online form, or call us on 020 7859 4669.

Greater awareness of the damage that can be done to the environment by not disposing of our waste properly, plus the greater reliance on computers to store our personal information, makes IT equipment recycling one of the world’s fastest-growing areas of legislation.

WEEE Technology specialise in the disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment.  Here we look at some of the most important pieces of legislation which we must comply with – and some of our additional accreditations which mean that you can be sure we will deal with any of your waste legally, ethically and responsibly. 

The WEEE Directive

This was introduced by the UK’s Environment Agency in 2002, in a bid to cut back on the amount of electrical goods which were ending up in landfill sites. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive applies to all firms who either make, sell, import or regularly dispose of any of these types of goods. Now, all companies have a responsibility to reuse or recycle any discarded items before they end up as waste.

The WEEE directive has been updated regularly ever since and has also become part of European law. It is applied in partnership with the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, whose principal role is to check on the material content of manufactured electronic goods.

Before this legislation came into effect, a lot of old computers and laptops ended up in landfill sites. This caused health risks to people handling the items or living close to the waste area because most electrical equipment contains chemicals or materials which are potentially harmful.

GDPR and The Data Protection Act

In the UK, The Data Protection Act (DPA) was introduced in 1995 and was aimed at protecting personal data which was stored on paper as well as on computers. It meant individuals had a right to see the details that third parties, such as private businesses, held about them, and to have it corrected if it was inaccurate or destroyed if it was no longer required.

The Data Protection Act was updated in 2018 to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which covers the whole of Europe and it is designed to give people even more safeguards in a world where so much of our personal life and details are stored online.

GDPR also defines personal data as online identification markers and location data, and there are other key differences from the old DPA as well. Companies who handle personal information are now required by law to offer clear privacy notices to customers, and any security breaches must be reported within 72 hours. There are also much stiffer penalties for failing to comply with the law.

How This Affects WEEE Technology

As WEEE Technology are involved in a lot of computer equipment recycling, we are extremely careful to ensure we comply with all the legislation relating to personal data erasure. A large proportion of the items we handle contains sensitive information, such as bank details or corporate data which the companies involved do not want to see made public or passed on to their competitors.

We make sure that there is no unauthorised access to any of the equipment we handle by overwriting any hard drives multiple times. Our software is recognised by both the Commercial Product Scheme and the National Cyber Security Centre. For a full list of all the standards we meet or use in this area, go to our data erasure page.

Our Other Accreditations

WEEE Technology are officially accredited by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for our data protection legislation, which allows us to hold and process personal information. We also hold a Waste Carrier’s Licence, and a T11 Waste Exemption Licence, both of which are issued by the Environment Agency.

WEEE Disposal from WEEE Technology

We ensure that we completely comply with all the WEEE disposal regulations for all companies in London, including the WEEE Directive and all the legislation relating to data erasure. If you would like to learn more about our range of services, or want to dispose of some old computer equipment ethically and responsibly, follow this link and fill in the online form, or call us on 020 7859 4669.

4 Reasons Why Your Business Needs to Dispose of Its Computers Properly

4 Reasons Why Your Business Needs to Dispose of Its Computers Properly

The problem of computer disposal is one of the biggest environmental challenges facing the world. High-tech equipment will break down or be superseded by new, more advanced products, meaning that there is a vast mountain of laptops, computers and phones which need to be disposed of every year.

At WEEE Technology, we are specialists in IT Asset Disposition (ITAD). Here we look at 4 key reasons why it is important to make sure that businesses look for environmentally-friendly solutions to this issue.

You Need to Protect Employees and Customers

Nowadays people have more rights over the security of their personal information, thanks to a tightening-up of the regulations across the world. These rights were first enshrined in the Data Protection Act of 1998, and then updated in the General Data Protection Regulations of 2018.

This means that when businesses are involved in any computer disposal you need to be sure that any data stored on it will be destroyed or erased. Given the growth in the use of PCs and laptops in recent years, the need for responsible computer recycling has increased dramatically.

You Need to Protect Your Business

If you don’t do this, then your company could suffer financially, as the authorities are cracking down on anyone who fails to obey the law. In the UK, the Information Commissioner’s Office can fine businesses up to 4% of their annual global turnover, if they are found to be in breach of the GDPR legislation, as well as imposing a temporary or permanent ban on any data processing activities your company is involved in.

Businesses also need to comply with the requirements of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive, which first became European law in 2003 and was updated in 2006 and 2009. Failure to follow this could result in fines of up to £5,000 at a magistrates’ court, and unlimited financial penalties at crown court, although companies are more likely to receive a warning letter or a reprimand first.

There also the issue of reputational damage. Businesses become less attractive to customers and potential new employees if they have been found to be in breach of the law, and this becomes public knowledge.

It’s Harmful to Human Health

Many modern, high-tech products contain potentially harmful chemicals such as lead, mercury or arsenic.

These toxins can contaminate the soil, the atmosphere and nearby water sources if the products are not disposed of properly.

You Will Be Helping the Planet

There are several long-term benefits for the planet if you use a responsible company like WEEE Technology for your computer disposal. Our work puts an emphasis on a greater reuse of materials, as old equipment is repaired or refurbished, and made available for resale, helping to protect the world’s scarce resources.

If reuse is not possible, then we aim to recycle the equipment, or recover the raw materials such as metals which can be put to an alternative use. Although these approaches may involve some reprocessing, they are still greener alternatives than sending the equipment to a landfill site.

Computer Disposal from WEEE Tech

WEEE Technology will help you with all your IT Asset Disposition requirements. We also make sure you are fully compliant with Data Protection law, as we destroy or erase any data contained on computer hard drives. machines and we issue a Certificate of Destruction using software approved by the UK government in ensuring that all data is securely and safely destroyed

If you would like to learn more about our services, follow this link and  fill in the online form or call us 020 7859 4669.