Many of these go beyond the product standard requirements.
New legislation New legislation came into force in to cover waste electrical and electronic equipment WEEE. The regulations have significant implications for those who treat or recover WEEE and stipulate that users must store, collect, treat, recycle and dispose of WEEE separately from other waste.
It is now a requirement that you obtain and keep proof that your WEEE was given to a waste management company, and was treated and disposed of in an environmentally sound way. You can read the full regulations online.
Disposal options You can dispose of computer waste by returning the product to the manufacturer, taking the item to a professional waste disposal facility or donating the goods to a non-profit organisation. Manufacturer disposal Increasingly, manufacturers of electronic goods incorporate e-waste management into their environmental policies and operate consumer recycling schemes.
Dellfor example, cover the cost of home pick-up, shipping to the recycling centre, and recycling of any obsolete equipment. Materials like steel and aluminium are then re-cycled to make new products, from car parts to plastic toys.
Meanwhile non-reusable substances are disposed of in an environmentally sound manner. Another big brand, Hewlett Packard, recycled over 74 million kilograms of electronics in Since beginning the program 20 years ago, HP has expanded recycling operations to more than 40 world regions.
These schemes help to: There are quite a few waste disposal cowboys out there, so you should check that the company: Check with Basel Action Network for details of those countries which have not signed up to a convention to prevent hazardous waste trafficking.
Donation to charity A number of non-profit organisations collect electronic equipment including computers and printers, either for reuse or for de-manufacture and recycling. Recipients pay nothing for the equipment or buy it at a heavily discounted rate.
Developing countries benefit most from these schemes, but recipients also include UK community groups. If you decide to donate your PC to charity, be sure to check that: Appropriate security measures are in place to prevent unauthorised access, alteration or accidental loss or destruction of personal data, which is a legal requirement under the Data Protection Act.
Reformatting the hard drive is not sufficient to permanently destroy all data. The organisation has a strategy for waste management once the PC becomes obsolete. Is there a programme for disposal or will your donation just end up as e-waste in a backyard miles away?
In the UK there are now more than fifty non-profit organisations which collect, refurbish and supply PCs. A well-established choice is Computer Aid Internationalwhich has distributed overPCs in over countries, making it the global leader in not-for-profit supply of IT equipment.
They make recycling very easy by even arranging collections of computers, consumer electronics and office furniture. Digital Links is a registered charity and provides an IT disposal service to British schools and companies.
Digital Links redistributes the computers to schools and community projects in the developing world. At present they have already distributed over 75, computers in just five years. The organisation is a social enterprise offering a range of services from refurbishing a laptop to recycling the parts of multiple computers, priding themselves on a zero landfill policy.
By accepting donations Reboot is able to provide a safe working environment and volunteering opportunities for people with learning disabilities and those who have difficulties finding work within the region. What can you find on The Recycling Guide?The 4Rs - reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery.
Case studies for this topic and they are commonly summarized as the so-called 4Rs: reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery. Reduction, reuse and recycling are known in the industry as the 3Rs. Although recycling does help to conserve resources and reduce wastes, it is important to.
Food or liquid left on recycling will make paper and cardboard soggy, If you aren't sure about if something can be recycled or not please check or if you really aren't sure leave it out. For more information visit Recycle Right.
Being Green – Your window on the environment, broadcast every Friday morning at John Richards focuses on key issues affecting our lifestyles, science and research outcomes, the quest for sustainable living and a healthier planet. RECOVER is to convert waste into resources (such as electricity, heat, compost and fuel) through thermal and biological means.
Resource Recovery occurs after reduce, reuse and recycle . Welcome to the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency. Ulster County is located in the Mid-Hudson Valley Region of New York State approximately 92 miles .
Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority manages the municipal solid waste and recyclables for the State of Connecticut. [Skip to main text] recycling and resource recovery, click Resource Links on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover. To learn about CRRA's regional recycling centers and electronics recycling collections, click RECYCLE.