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The Law And Computer Recycling

You can’t just throw electrical goods in the general waste. Electrical goods can contain many hazardous materials which need to be disposed of in a responsible manner. If your business is replacing your computer systems, consider a computer recycling service from Recycling Services .

What Is WEEE?

Waste electrical and electronic equipment can cover a wide variety of times. From smoke detectors to computers, even a toaster! A rule of thumb is that WEEE includes most products that need either plug or a battery, it can include things such as:

  • IT/Telecommunications equipment.
  • Electrical/Electronic tools.
  • Household appliances (both large and small).
  • Medical devices.
  • Monitoring/control equipment.
  • Toys / Leisure equipment.
  • Automatic dispensers.
  • Consumer equipment.
  • Lighting equipment.


You might wonder, ‘why can’t I throw an iron or a toaster in the general waste, after all they are general household items’. The reason is because many electrical items contain hazardous substances such as mercury or lead.

What Are The Risks Associated with WEEE?

There are many different materials used within electrical equipment, some of which can be recycled and some of which are hazardous. Some of these harmful materials may harm the environment; they may be released into the atmosphere, enter the ground or find their way into water supplies.

For example, a video camera or a computer monitor could contain lead, which is a very dangerous material. If you work with lead, the Health and Safety Executive has an informative guide titled, Working safely with lead .

How Are Computers Recycled?

You might wonder what can actually be recycled from a computer, but it might surprise you to know that various different precious metals can be recovered from computers when they are recycled. For example, did you know that you can find gold inside a computer’s processor?

Precious metals such as silver, copper and gold are good conductors that can carry electrical signals. In the case of a computer’s micro processor, the gold can be separated from the processor using a mix of hydrochloric acid and nitric acid.

Gold can be used for a variety of different things. Many people think about gold just for its jewellery uses however, it has many industrial uses. For example, gold wire can be used in computer circuitry. Gold can also be used in dentistry in the form of gold crowns.

In addition to precious metals, electronic items can also contain many other recyclable materials such as glass and different types of plastic. The variety of materials used within electrical equipment, in combination of potentially hazardous materials means that the recycling of computers and electrical equipment requires a specialist service.

How Can Businesses Safely Dispose of WEEE?

Every year it is estimated that 2 million tonnes of WEEE items are disposed of by both businesses and householders in the United Kingdom.

At Recycling Services we have a fantastic WEEE recycling service that makes disposing of your electrical equipment and complying with WEEE legislation simple to follow. As WEEE can include various items around your office such as telephones, printers, laptops and computers a specialist WEEE disposal solution can be very beneficial to many businesses.

Is Your Business Disposing Of Old Computers?

If your business is disposing of computers, a computer recycling service will provide a fantastic way of disposing of your old computers in an efficient and legally compliant manner.

However, it is important that you consider the data held on your computers. Many business’s computers contain sensitive information, as such it is important that you dispose of that data in a method that complies with the Data Protection Act.

There are various methods in which many decide to remove the data on their computer’s hard drives. Some choose to remove magnetically recorded data through the use of an electromagnetic field. This method is known as degaussing. This is not a perfect form of data destruction because it is very difficult to verify that the data has been erased as the drive cannot be tested.

Others choose to overwrite the hard drive using software or a tool to write a combination of 1s and 0s to the disk. You can increase the security of the wipe by making multiple passes (sometimes also referred to as levels). These passes are the number of times a drive is written over, for example if your wipe has three passes, the tool will write the junk data three times over the drive. This method is not perfect either, some tools can leave some data intact and some software cannot erase data on locked or hidden areas of your hard drive.

Another method is to destroy the hard drive. The data is not actually removed from the hard drive, but instead the drive is made inoperable. However, it is important to remember that data can be recovered from small fragments of storage media.

A Confidential Waste Disposal Service For Your Digital Data

We offer a confidential disposal service ; this service also includes the disposal of digital data. So if your business is disposing of old computers, give us a call. Our confidential disposal service delivers a certificate of destruction to provide evidence of your waste’s ethical destruction and our services comply with the Data Protection Act.

If you would like to enquire about our confidential disposal services, please contact our team on 01952 204471.

Computer Recycling Services From Recycling Services

When upgrading your computer systems, it is important to dispose of your old equipment in a responsible and legally compliant manner. We can provide two waste disposal services to assist you in the disposal of your business’s old computers. We can provide confidential disposal services to dispose of your businesses sensitive data and we can also provide computer recycling services to recycle your business’s old computers.

Recycling Services can manage multiple aspects of your business’s waste. We can collect both non-hazardous materials with services such as glass recycling and hazardous materials with services such as WEEE disposal. We will work alongside your business to build a detailed waste strategy to work alongside your business, creating a strategy tailor made to meet the needs of your business.

If you would like to make an enquiry regarding our computer recycling services or if you have any questions or concerns about the many waste services available at Recycling Services please contact our friendly and dedicated team.

You can contact our team by telephone by calling 01952 204471 or you can fill out our request a callback form and our team will respond as soon as possible.






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