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If you wish to legally dispose of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment there is a range of enviromental legislation that must be followed. With the WEEE Directives, the hazardous waste directives, which were amended in April 2009 and the new waste permitting systems, there are literally hundreds of pages of waste regulations to comply with.
Waste IT equipment is classed as hazardous. For example, CRT monitors contain 4lb of lead in the screen to protect you from radiation and the base units contain all manner of nasties including a battery which makes base units hazardous too.
If you are providing us with reasonably modern computer equipment in repairable condition with no obvious scrap items, then your donation is classed as second hand goods that have not yet entered the waste stream and therefore there is no requirement for you to register your premises or to use waste consignment notes.
The Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005 were recently amended. This principally widened the scope of the exemption from hazardous waste producer registration: All types of premises that produce hazardous waste are now exempt from registration if no more than 500kg of hazardous waste is produced in a year. That's equivalent to approximately non-functional 16 computers AND 16 CRT monitors each year.
IF you have MORE than 500kg of electrical waste to dispose of in the year, then you must register your premises as a hazardous waste producer before we can collect your equipment.
You can register by post for £28, by telephone for £23 or do it online with a credit/debit card for just £18 on the relevent page on the Environment Agency website.
We will then supply the necessary Hazardous Waste Consignment Note when we collect. If you want, we can register for you and simply add the cost to your invoice.
For more information, why not give us a call?