IT Recycling has fast become a key issue. Production and demand for electronic devices continue to increase, and as a result, we need to be conscious of the negative effects that it can have on our environment. Therefore we need to be aware of how we can prevent and reduce the negative impacts that E-waste can have.
Our quality systems allow us to track all equipment we collect from start to finish. So we are able to monitor where each item is going and control negative impacts on our environment.
More than just IT Recycling
Repc works in partnership with Computers 4 Africa, where we refurbish equipment to send to some of the poorest parts of the world. We train our staff and participants on our work programs to refurbish equipment to certain specifications so they can be sent to Africa. We also aid Computers 4 Africa by breaking down and recycling equipment that is not suitable for their projects.
Recycling with Repc can have positive impacts not only on the environment but also in the lives of disadvantaged people.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive is an EU initiative which aims to reduce the amount of electrical and electronic equipment being produced. The WEEE directive encourages everyone to reuse, recycle and recover harmful waste.
Homes and businesses across the UK discard an estimated 2 million tonnes of WEEE items per year. A significant proportion which could be responsibly recycled, refurbished and reused. All electrical waste contains chemicals that are harmful to the environment and dumping WEEE into landfill can be dangerous. As a result, over time products decay and leak toxins into the earth and our water systems. Which will have negative impacts on our environment.
The WEEE Directive
The first WEEE Directive (Directive 2002/96/EC) was enacted February 2003. The Directive provided for the creation of collection schemes where consumers return their WEEE free of charge. These schemes aim to increase the recycling of WEEE and/or re-use.
In December 2008, the European Commission proposed to revise the Directive in order to tackle the fast increasing waste stream. The new WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU entered into force on 13 August 2012 and became effective on 14 February 2014.
All redundant and waste computer equipment classes as WEEE. And recycling must closely follow Best Available Treatment Recovery and Recycling Techniques (BATRRT) and treatment of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment guidelines. Follow the link WEEE-BATRRT-guidance for more details.