The WEEE Directive has many of different categories for classification of electrical waste. They are as follows:
- Large appliances – washers, fridges, cookers
- Small appliances – vacuum cleaners, irons, toasters, kettles
- IT equipment – Computers, printers, phones, calculators
- Consumer equipment – TVs, radios, stereo equipment, camcorders, musical instruments
- Lighting – Fluorescent tubes, lamps
- Electrical tools – Drills, saws, sewing machines
- Leisure and sports equipment – Exercise equipment, games consoles
- Medical devices – Dialysis machines, cardiology equipment.
- Safety monitoring equipment – Smoke detectors, thermostats, heating regulators
- Automatic dispensers – Hot drinks dispensers and ATMs
Keeping on top of the regulations and being forward thinking is what we do here at Direct365. Which is why are letting you know now that in January 2019, the categories defined for WEEE will be changing from what it is now to six categories. The six categories are:
- Temperature Exchange Equipment
- Screens, Monitors, and Equipment Containing Screens Having a Surface Area Greater than 100cm2
- Large Equipment
- Small Equipment
- Small IT and Telecommunication Equipment (No External Dimension More Than 50cm)
Check the full legislation to see what is included in those categories when they come into effect in 2019.
You can get your unneeded electrical equipment disposed of in a safe manner that's better for the environment with us. Give us a call or fill in a form to speak to one of our waste experts, who will assist you in getting the best service. Knowing what electrical waste you want to be recycled will help us find you the best provider to suit your needs.
Once we have found you a service that you are happy with, we will send you enough collection boxes to fit your old equipment in. A courier will come for the boxes at a date that suits you. For items that cannot go into a collection box, then we will make a note of it. This is to let courier know what needs picking up.
After the courier has collected your electrical waste, you will receive the paperwork to prove that you are compliant with the law.
When recycling old computers, the chances are that there is old data on them which could fall into the wrong hands. It’s important to ensure that any data is held in full accordance with the Data Protection Act.
Failure to do could lead to large fines, the current highest fine for data breaches is £500,000. This is set to rise with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The fines under GDPR, which becomes law on the 25th May 2018, can go up to €20 million, or 4% of turnover, whichever is higher.
Our Electrical Recycling Service will ensure that any data on the computers is secure when we collect it. It stays secure until the recycling experts destroy it. Our service will destroy any data to HMG Infosec Standard 5, the UK data destruction standard.