Environmental legislation in the UK puts the onus on every business to segregate their Waste Electronics and ensure that it is properly transported and treated by accredited organisations with the correct licenses and permits.
Untreated or unprocessed WEEE that is caught being illegally exported is the responsibility of the business from which the WEEE originated. This means organisations must be able to prove they have shown appropriate care and performed the necessary due diligence to prove they chose an IT Asset Disposal partner with the appropriate accreditations and treatment processes in place.
Companies, and their employees, who deal with environmental waste can be held liable if they operate in contradiction of these laws.
The following legislation is applicable to companies who are disposing of their IT.
WEEE Directive 2003
The WEEE Directive is an EU law that aims to minimise the impact of electrical and electronic goods on the environment. It came into law in the UK in January 2007 and dictates how waste electrical and electronic equipment must be handled at the end of its’ life, setting recycling targets for this equipment.
This legislation affects every organisation and business that uses electrical equipment in the workplace. It states that business users are responsible, along with the producers of the EEE, for ensuring that treatment processes are in place and WEEE is correctly treated and re-processed.
The Environmental Protection Act 1990
The Environmental Protection Act puts a duty of care on businesses and organisations to ensure that wastes are consigned to registered carriers and properly stored and disposed of at licensed facilities.