Your organisations responsibility under the WEEE directive
Organisations in the UK throw at least one million tonnes of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) away each year. This figure is estimated to be growing by up to 80,000 tonnes annually.
The recycling and treatment of EEE is not currently undertaken to a sufficient extent, so the introduction of the WEEE Directive in January 2007 introduced strict legislation to address the situation.
www.gov.uk/electricalwaste states that;
‘There are rules on how to deal with most waste electrical or electronic equipment (WEEE). These rules are known as the WEEE regulations and will apply to your business if you:
- Sell electrical and electronic equipment
- Generate WEEE
- Produce electrical or electronic equipment
- Manufacture or rebrand electrical or electronic equipment
- Import or export electrical and electronic equipment within the EU
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE Directive) came into force in January 2007.
The WEEE Directive aims to both reduce the amount of electrical and electronic equipment being produced and to encourage everyone to reduce, reuse and recycle.
The Directive also aims to improve the environmental performance of businesses that manufacture, supply, use, recycle and recover electrical and electronic equipment.
You may also have obligations under the WEEE Regulations if you are a business with electrical or Under the WEEE Directive you still cannot dump redundant electronic equipment, thus you will have to engage the services of a reputable IT disposal company. In addition to your recycling responsibilities you must adhere to the Data Protection Act and we ensure that all data is wiped and certified.
Following on from the recent record fine for improper IT disposal, the information Commissioner’s Office has just released guidance notes on how organisations can avoid similar action when disposing of their data carrying equipment
ICO Recommendation: Create an asset disposal strategy. This needs to:
- Include clear instructions on desire to re-use, re-cycle or destroy.
- Conduct a risk assessment of the disposal process.
- Identify devices containing personal data.
- Catagorise the personal data.
- Ownership of the chain of custody when using a third party service provider.
ICO Recommendation: When selecting an IT asset disposal company you should:
- Choose a company that offers sufficient guarantees about its security measures.
- That uses independent approval of products.
- Conduct a client site assessment and audit.
- Continue to audit throughout the business relationship.