WEEE Recycling and Data Destruction with The One Point

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January 28, 2020
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As a Managed Technology company dealing with all sorts of hardware and sensitive data, we make it our mission to recycle and dispose of these items in the most efficient and correct manner.

What is WEEE?

WEEE recycling stands for Waste and Electrical Equipment recycling.

It's a blanket term for electrical equipment that is no longer required. It covers equipment powered via a plug or battery. It also includes components used to make electrical equipment.

The crossed-out wheelie bin logo appears on any electrical or electronic equipment produced after 13th August 2005. The logo identifies the product as WEEE and should not be put in a general waste bin. Instead, they should be disposed of via a licensed waste management company.

The following are the current categories of WEEE:

  • Large household appliances
  • Electrical and electronic tools
  • Toys, leisure and sports equipment
  • Medical devices
  • Monitoring and controlling equipment
  • Automatic dispensers
  • Small household appliances
  • IT and telecommunications equipment
  • Lighting equipment

The WEEE Law:

Until February 2003, there were no laws or regulations regarding the recycling of electronic equipment and devices. Once WEEE became law, electronics started to carry the crossed-out bin symbol to indicate the correct way to dispose of electronics.

Any WEEE items can be classified as such if they have reached the end of their use life, whether it is a household item or non-household item.

Why is WEEE so important?

All electrical waste contains chemicals that are harmful to the environment. When WEEE is simply dumped in landfills, over time, the products decay and leak toxins into the earth and our waste systems. This can lead to the toxins entering our food chain and, ultimately, into us.

What should be recycled under WEEE?

There are a number of different types of electronic items that fall under the WEEE umbrella. Most household appliances fall under this, as well as toys, medical devices, consumer equipment and monitoring/control equipment.

When it comes to most businesses, there are a few key items that are regularly disposed of or replaced. The most popular electrical equipment in businesses being the following:

  • Computers (Either desktop or laptop)
  • Telephones (Including conference phones, mobile phones and other landline units)
  • Monitors
  • Printers and Scanners
  • Keyboards and Mice
  • Routers

WEEE Data Destruction:

When your business disposes of redundant hardware, such as hard drives, are you considering whether these will be recycled appropriately or if the sensitive data within will be 100% destroyed?

At The One Point, we can help recycle and destroy 100% of sensitive data for all types of IT storage devices and electronic media, including items such as hard drives, media tapes or CDs / DVDs etc.

The One Point Data Destruction services:

  • Secure data destruction, performed by highly trained staff
  • Satellite tracked vehicles for collections
  • Destruction performed within our authorised storage facility
  • Data Destruction certificate provided upon completion
  • 100% recycling of media after all sensitive data is destroyed

Hard Drive Destruction:

There are several ways of destroying hard drives that The One Point can offer, including simply wiping the data for re-use of the hard drive or fully shredding the hard drive after all sensitive data is removed. Our highly trained staff can help you make the most suitable method of destruction for you.

We can process countless types of external and internal hard drives in both 3.5" and 2.5" sizes. Whether the technology is IDE, SATA, SCSI, SAS or SSD, The One Point has a solution to ensure 100% of all sensitive data is destroyed.

You can rest assured that your sensitive data will remain in safe hands, from the secure collection in our satellite tracked vehicles to being wiped or destroyed in our authorised storage facility, overseen by our highly trained staff.

We work extremely closely with our trusted waste management partners to properly destroy the hard drives and provide our customers with certificates of destruction containing the hard drive's serial numbers. Any destroyed hard drives are then recycled under WEEE law.

It is also extremely important to dispose of and destroy tapes, servers, DVDs and CDs.

Your old technology can make or break your business!

Why not contact a member of our award-winning team today on 01482 420 150 or click here for an audit of your waste management needs!

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