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Every Organization maintains a sustainable waste strategy in which IT hardware recycling and refurbishing plays a very important role. Government regulations and WEEE directives are specially designed to deal with hazardous waste and dispose the IT equipment in an environmentally responsible manner.
Need for Recycling
What are the IT wastes in your hardware?
The materials found in an IT equipment of our data center include plastic (23%), ferrous metals (32%), non-ferrous metals (18%), electronic boards (12%) and glass (15%). A single equipment may contain up to 2kg of lead, and the complex mixture of materials that can make IT hardware very difficult to recycle.
It is for this reason you need a company that follows the WEEE directives when recycling your IT hardware. IT is all about disposing the unused/unwanted IT spares in an environmentally sustainable way.
How to go about recycling your IT Hardware?
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) advise companies to contact a certified disposal specialists. The reusable hardware is carefully dismantled and sorted according to type, all the useful metals are then separated, materials like steel and aluminum can be recycled to make car parts or in the engineering purposes etc. whereas non-reusable substances are disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.
Laws that deal with IT hardware recycling
There are two main laws that deal with the recycling & IT waste management, they are DTI’s waste acceptance criteria (WAC) and the European Recycling Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) directive.
WEEE mainly focuses on the need for a specialist handling and disposal of IT hardware. The directives set by WEEE impose responsibility for the disposal of IT hardware and makes it possible to return the hardware to the market in a cost effective way.
Why to use a WEEE certified company for the job?
The WEEE Directive is a European Directive that implements the principle of “extended responsibility”. Specifically, when that IT hardware become out of use. It seeks to reduce the amount of IT waste that end up in a landfill by encouraging the collection and subsequent treatment, re-use, recovery, recycling and environmentally sound disposal.
The WEEE Directive sets targets for recycling of 65% and recovered from the waste stream of 75% by weight of IT equipment. Evernex tracks the recycling activity and enables cent percent recovery with zero IT waste disposed of to landfill.
According to the 1998 Data Protection Act, it is very essential for businesses that deal with sensitive data to keep it backed up and secure. Before reformatting the hard drive, please make sure to take professional advice from Evernex on how to dispose of the data perfectly, because the formatting may not completely destroy the data on your hard drive. Our Asset Recovery Services and solutions help business customers manage their redundant IT hardware by providing solutions that exceed the WEEE Directive.
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Apr 08 2019