Making more of reuse
We’re always thinking of ways to reuse more of the earth’s precious resources and ways to use them again. Like recovering more of the high-quality materials in your old devices to make new products. Through more efficient recycling technologies and other innovations.
In January 2007, the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive was introduced into the UK law by the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Regulations 2006. The main aim of this directive is to encourage people to reuse and recycle IT equipment. This, in turn, reduces the total electrical and electronic waste being produced. This law allows recyclers to help prolong the life of electrical equipment instead of simply throwing it away and causing harm to the environment. Every year in the UK, the general public disposes of over 1.2 million tonnes of electrical waste. Our overall aim is to reduce this figure.
WEEE is the fastest growing waste stream in the UK. In order to transport and recycle WEEE waste legally, you must be licensed by the Environment Agency. All companies that offer the service we provide must hold a Waste Carriers License and an environmental permit or exemption. All WEEE waste that gets collected should be recycled in accordance with the guidance on Best Available Treatment, Recovery and Recycling Techniques (BATRRT) and treatment of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). This ensures that everything is done with the optimum efficiency and everything possible has been done to prolong the life of the equipment.
When collecting and recycling any WEEE waste, it must be accompanied by a Waste Transfer Note stating how many items of each variety have been collected and a rough weight. If in case, items with glass displays or acid lead batteries are present, a Hazardous Waste Consignment Note must be provided with the correct EWC Codes. In association with the Hazardous Waste Consignment Note.
EGO technology recycling currently holds all the relevant permits which allows us to recycle and refurbish any IT Equipment (hazardous or non-hazardous). We are regularly visited by the Environment Agency to ensure everything is up to the mark with everything in place.
When a collection has been conducted, you must keep copies of all the WTNs provided by our collection driver for at least two years (three years for Hazardous Waste Consignment Notes). If asked by the local environment or the Environment Agency, you must be able to present these notes as proof that you disposed of your waste legally and efficiently.
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