When we recycle, used materials are converted into new products, reducing the need to consume raw, natural resources. If used materials are not recycled, new products are made by extracting fresh, new material from the Earth, through mining, forestry and drilling.
Recycling helps conserve important raw materials and protects natural habitats for the future. Using recycled materials in the manufacturing process uses considerably less energy than that required for producing new products from raw materials – even when comparing all associated costs, like transport. Plus there are extra energy savings because more energy is required to extract, refine, transport and process raw materials ready for industry compared with providing industry-ready materials.
Recycling reduces the need for extracting, refining and processing raw materials all of which create substantial air and water pollution. As recycling saves energy it also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which helps to tackle climate change. Current UK recycling is estimated to save more than 18 million tonnes of CO2 a year – the equivalent to taking 5 million cars off the road.
Why recycle IT equipment?
Computers are a fast expanding stream of UK waste. Consumers frequently change computers and the computer waste mountain builds and builds. Millions of obsolete computers are discarded annually. Computers should never be thrown away without proper disposal techniques because they contain toxic substances. Electronic waste sometimes finds its’ way to the developing world, and the UN’s.
Environment Programme is alarmed by the amount of electronic goods which is improperly disposed of overseas. There is increasing concern about the pollution caused by hazardous chemicals and heavy metals in Africa, Asia and South America.
- That you receive a complete asset register and that corporate branding is removed.
- Compliance with stringent UK environmental legislation and a full audit trail with compliant paperwork is provided.
- Minimal Disruption to your business with fully accredited and vetted staff to BS:7858
- A cost effective solution that meets and exceeds the WEEE Directive.
Resources are extracted from obsolete or faulty Computers. We also re-use components deemed to have residual life. Hard disks are fully erased or physically destroyed.
WEEE legislation and Computer Recycling
New legislation came into force in 2007 to cover waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). The regulations have significant implications 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 such as Concept, and was treated and disposed of in an environmentally sound way.