IT Waste - legislation

It is the repsonsibility of every organisation to ensure that waste that is generated is managed effectively. General streams of waste are usually managed through contracts for the disposal of general office type waste, or in manufacturing for example, contracts to dispose of hazardous substances, chemicals, oils and other materials.
Everything which is deemed as waste is given a code in the EWC (european waste catalogue)

The category we are most concerned with is IT related waste. There are a number of regulations which govern the management of electrical and electronic waste

WEEE Directive

This only really affects Manufacturers and Importers that re-label or re-brand equipment. If you believe this applies to you, please contact CE Asset management to discuss how we can assist with your obligations under this legislation.

Environmental Protection Act 1990

Every organisation has a legal duty of care to ensure that waste generated by that organisation is entrusted to persons/businesses who are authorised to:-

• Carry the waste
• Process and dispose of the waste

The Hazardous Waste Regulations (2005 revision)

Hazardous waste in the context of IT Equipment will usually focus on the management of CRT Monitors and Lead Acid Batteries, although it also covers many items which are found in IT equipment
In simple terms any business that generates as little as 200kg of this kind of waste in any year has to register..
To give you some idea, 200KG can be as little as twelve CRT type computer monitors
CE Asset managemnt can assess your obligations and make arrangements for you

Data Protection Act

If an creates data on computer or any electronic storage medium that is covered by the act (personal information/business information and financial records), The organisation has a duty and responsibility to ensure it is securely held. and once it is no longer required, to ensure that it is systematically destroyed.
The organisation which holds the data is known as the Data Controller. The organisation can never be absolved of responsibility under this legislation but can take steps to ensure that they are protected. It is for this reason that organisations should think very carefully when they pass equipment to a third party for disposal or remarketing.
Whilst most organisations will have a data policy in force, Many organisations still fall into the trap of believing that simply formatting a hard drive will do the trick.. it wont ! please see our Secure Data Destruction page for more details information

There are other legislative measures that support and compliment the key laws above; these include the restrictions on trans-frontier shipments of IT waste (dangerously, many disposal agents illegally ship IT waste abroad without license to do so), The Batteries Directive and The Landfill Directive which prohibit the type of material that can be land-filled and how material should be pre-treated.

Legislation, and the failure to adhere to it can be costly, embarrassing and potentially damaging to an organisation. data can fall into the wrong hands and be exploited for commercial gain, used maliciously or could simply be made public to damage an organisations reputation for prudence and security

Entrusting data management for your excess or redundant IT equipment to CE Asset Management will show due dilligence and good corporate governance has been followed. As knowledgeable members of the IT recycling community, CE Asset keep their clients informed of changes to legislation that might have a material effect on current policy, further enhancing our value to your organisation