All UK companies have a duty to dispose of their equipment compliantly.
All UK companies have a duty of care to dispose of their electronic and electrical equipment compliantly, meaning segregation, transport and treatment must be carried out correctly.
Both companies and employees are being held liable when they act outside of this strict environmental legislation. Therefore careful selection of a WEEE recycling company should be carried out.
The aim of the WEEE directive is to direct all WEEE from landfill and export, and to promote reuse or material recycling. The new Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations came into force 1st January 2014, this replaced the 2006 regulations.
The new regulations follow the 2002/96/EC directive. The recast 2012/19/EU provide for a wider diversity of products to be covered.
Despite all the great work that is being done there is still an illegal WEEE exports trade.
It is a sad fact, but it is more economically viable to illegally export WEEE than to recycle it in the UK. This also applies to landfill which is very worrying.
Companies have a responsibility to prove due diligence when selecting a WEEE recycling company. Green credential should be sought, along with compliance scheme affiliation.