One of the fastest expanding waste stream in the UK waste is IT and computer disposal. From this stream, thousands of obsolete servers are discarded annually.

Servers are being replaced more and more now due to Cloud Technology, the benefits of the cloud now are immense, the physical size, the room servers command, ease of increasing memory, instant back up, we could go on.

But, what to do with redundant servers, you need to consider the data implications and the WEEE directive.

Concept offers a server disposal service for corporate, educational and governmental bodies throughout the United Kingdom. We ensure …..

Resources are extracted from obsolete or faulty servers. We also re-use components deemed to have residual life. Hard disks are fully erased or physically destroyed.

Hard drive destruction and ultimately, HDD recycling can be viewed in several ways, overwriting the drives by completely erasing the data so the drives can be reused or physically destruction, which means the drives would go for further recycling to take the drives to its base materials as recyclates. HDD recycling is essential if overwriting fails


Erasing the drives allows reuse but you should make sure that the drives are completely wiped. Using an NCSC approved software will ensure this and will allow a certificate of media erasure to be printed off on successful wipes.

However, you still need a procedure for drives that fail the wiping process. Only physical destruction then will ensure complete data removal.

Physical destruction takes two forms: shredding (On site or Off site) or crushing, but this is not the end of the process. Once the drives are destroyed they undergo further recycling.


Once they have been shredded or crushed the drives are then shredded further and chopped into tiny particle sizes. There are then various ways of separating the materials out, including electromagnets, floating off materials in different density liquids, eddy current separators and centrifuges. This allows light metals to be separated from aluminium, the magnets are separated and the circuit boards..

Our secure UK collection, shredding and recycling service is an easy way to deal with redundant electrical products and meet the WEEE (waste electrical and electronics equipment) directive


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.